Tracker: Board of Commissioners 10/30/07 |

Tracker: Board of Commissioners 10/30/07

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

What they changed: A total of $752,769 in additions and re-allocations were made to the 2007 budget.

The Board of Commissioners approved giving an additional $16,000 to the coroner’s office. There were a greater number of deaths this year and the fees for doctors’ reviews went up, County Finance Director John Lewis said.

Another $33,755 went to repair equipment on a Castle Peak microwave tower damaged by a lightning strike two months ago. The tower helps broadcast signals for radios used by the airport and local law enforcement.

About $5,000 also went to this year’s Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, since costs were more than expected.

Other funding changes were from grants received or re-allocation of funds within the existing budget. Departments that received spending approvals included the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the open space fund, and the housing fund for homebuyers’ down payment assistance.

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What’s next? The county will start planning the 2008 budget this week. Expect to see tighter budgets for most county departments and projects, since officials want to free up funds for justice center improvements, Lewis said.

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