Vail cuts another $5.4M |

Vail cuts another $5.4M

VAIL, Colorado ” After hearing predictions of a dire local economy for this winter, the town of Vail, Colorado moved to cut its budget by another $5.4 million Tuesday.

The cuts come on top of $900,000 in cuts that were already requested by the council earlier this month. After the proposed cuts, the $51 million budget would shrink to about $45 million.

The council Tuesday cut new bike paths and new bathrooms at Ford Park. “Those are things that are better done in a better economy,” said Mayor Dick


The Town Council also asked the staff to cut the capital budget fund by $2.2 million. That could include road repairs around town. Town Manager Stan Zemler zeroed in on $250,000 that is budgeted toward reducing interstate noise.

The previous $900,000 in cuts included overtime, fuel use and educational trips.

On Tuesday, the council changed its mind on one item it had previously cut: New mattresses for Fire Department student residents.

The town could approve a final budget next month.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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