Town of Vail budget hearing is Tuesday
October 29, 2016
VAIL — A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday as the Vail Town Council prepares to adopt the proposed 2017 municipal budget. The $65 million expenditure plan is available on the town's website at http://www.vail gov.com. The budget hearing is listed as item 7.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. The hearing follows preliminary approval of the budget by the Town Council at its Oct. 18 meeting.
As recommended by Town Manager Stan Zemler, the 2017 budget proposal assumes a continuation of current service levels within a cautiously optimistic economic forecast. The spending plan also focuses on topics important to the Town Council and community at large as identified in the 2016 community survey, including housing, parking and environmental sustainability. This includes a recommended $500,000 to be used for the purchase of housing deed restrictions, continued planning and eventual construction of the Chamonix Neighborhood in West Vail as well as other implementation actions identified in the newly-adopted Housing Strategic Plan update. The budget recommendation also includes $2.1 million for water quality and landscape improvements at the East Vail interchange and $900,000 for water quality projects.
In addition, there are several new budget requests to help align resources and equipment to accommodate added service levels associated with newer capital improvements throughout town such as renovation of Booth Creek Park, the new pickleball courts at Golden Peak, medians on the frontage road and the Vail Interstate 70 underpass.