Tracker: Eagle County moves money from kids to buses |

Tracker: Eagle County moves money from kids to buses

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Who they talked to: Finance director John Lewis and Health and Human Resources Interim Director Rita Woods

How they voted: Sara Fisher and Arn Menconi voted yes. Peter Runyon was not there.

What it means: The commissioners approved almost $13.4 million of additional spending and transfers between the county’s various accounts, the first financial adjustment of the year.

It seems like a huge amount, but nearly $11 million of that is fund projects that were approved last year but did not get underway until now, and need to be re-approved, said Lewis.

It includes $5.7 million for repaving and widening Cooley Mesa Road at the airport and construction on Elden Wilson Road, which connects to Cooley Mesa.

Other funds were given for designing the new ECO bus barn in Leadville and building a new Road and Bridge building in El Jebel.

“These are all coming out of restricted funds,” like Road and Bridge funds and the ECO fund that comes from sales taxes, Lewis said. “They can only be used for certain things.”

The commissioners also approved spending for ECO Transit’s students-ride-free program and a backup power system for Health and Human Services so they do not loose thousands of dollars of refrigerated vaccines when the power goes out.

About $100,000 was also taken out of the Early Childhood Development fund. Half of the money for the program was supposed to come from community matches, but the county has gotten less matches than it thought it would.

The money will be used for community service grants instead.

What’s next? Usually the first adjustment of the year is the biggest, said Lewis. However, more spending and budget changes are sure to come.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or

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