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Eagle County buys water rights

How they voted: 3-0 to approve.

What it does: “Supplemental” budgets basically reconcile the county’s books over the course of a year. This one, the sixth so far this year, accounted for more than $3.1 million, much of which was covered by new money coming in or fund transfers between departments or money from the general fund that hadn’t yet been allocated. The line items included extra money for several county departments and work at the Eagle County Regional Airport.

The big item: This spending measure also included $1.2 million to buy 76 acre-feet of water from the Columbine Ditch near Eagle Park Reservoir at the headwaters of the Eagle River near the top of Fremont Pass.



What it does: Buying the water makes the county a member of a Western Slope consortium that puts water from the ditch into Eagle Park Reservoir.

Why it’s important: According to Eagle County Attorney Bryan Treu, this purchase is for actual water, not just legal rights to it. The purchase price – about $15,000 per acre foot – is actually less than the current price to lease that water. Having “wet” water at the headwaters of the Eagle River is a valuable asset that can be used in the future.



“This is as close as you’ll ever get to a sure thing on an investment,” Treu said.

How they voted: 3-0 to approve.

What you need to know: Eagle County had 233 domestic violence incidents and 30 sexual assaults reported to police last year. The county’s current shelters are busy and getting busier.



If you need help: Call 970-949-7086.

Issue: Resolution supporting the 2010 census.

How they voted: 3-0 to approve.

Why it’s important: Loads of federal funding is based on federal population numbers, which come just once every 10 years. That means local governments are eager to get the most accurate count possible. The resolution is part of a plan to get federal money to help pay for a local marketing campaign.

– Scott N. Miller

Issue: Resolution supporting the 2010 census

How they voted: 3-0 to approve.

Why it’s important: Loads of federal funding is based on federal population numbers, which come just once every 10 years. That means local governments are eager to get the most accurate count possible. The resolution is part of a plan to get federal money to help pay for a local marketing campaign.

Present: Sara Fisher, Peter Runyon, Jon Stavney


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