County budget creates 20 new jobs |

County budget creates 20 new jobs

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE ” The Eagle County Commissioners Tuesday approved the 2007 budget, with nearly $100 million in spending and 20 new jobs through all the county’s various accounts.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office received approval for the most new people, followed by Health and Human Services and the Road and Bridge Department. Each received approval for between four and four-and-a-half new positions, counting full and part-time jobs.

There appears to be money for the new positions and a 3 percent increase in other county spending. The county’s sales tax collections are expected to jump by 10 percent in 2007.

The county is receiving more sales tax this year than the budget expected. A strong local economy, coupled with the opening of the new Costco store in Gypsum, is expected to continue that growth.

While Commissioner Arn Menconi called the tax estimates and county spending “conservative,” Commissioner Tom Stone disagreed.

“County spending is out of control,” he said.

As evidence, he said the county’s property tax rate has stayed the same for the last two years. That allows the county to bring in more property taxes, since keeping the tax rates steady while property values rise will bring in more money.

“We dropped the (tax rate) the first six years I was in office,” Stone said.

Vail Daily reporter Scott Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or at

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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