Government tracker, Eagle County Commissioners
Who was there? Commissioners Peter Runyon and Sara Fisher (Jon Stavney is on vacation).
Issue: Special event liquor license.
What they did: The commissioners approved a special event permit for an Aug. 22 event at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion for the Marilyn Klein Memorial Breast Cancer Support Fund. The group provides spa treatments for breast cancer patients at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Issue: Interest from the county’s investments.
Who they talked to: Eagle County Treasurer Karen Sheaffer presented a brief report about the county’s interest earnings for the year so far.
Given the state of the nation’s financial markets, interest income is down this year. The 2009 budget anticipates about $2.8 million in interest income. Sheaffer said that won’t happen. She expects the county’s interest income to fall short of the budgeted amount by $500,000 or so. That’s better than the $1.8 million figure she suggested the commissioners put into the 2009 budget last year (just as the financial meltdown was hitting), but still leaves the county short of anticipated revenue.
Issue: Property value hearing report.
How they voted: 2-0 to accept the latest report.
What’s in the report? In the last week, the five specialists conducting property value appeal hearings made 890 recommendations to the commissioners: 251 for a value adjustment; 165 for a denial; 305 “stipulations,” or compromises on value; and 169 “administrative denials,” in which the applicants ask for a denial in order to preserve their right to a future appeal.
Issue: Federal stimulus money update.
Who they talked to: Tom Johnson, who informed the commissioners that about $2 million in federal funds is just about ready to flow into Red Cliff to renovate the town’s water system. The money could be on its way to Red Cliff in the next couple of weeks.
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