Vail looks to 2010 budget
VAIL, Colorado – The community will have opportunities to give input on the town of Vail’s budget for next year before it is adopted in October.The town council has said it plans to plan the budget conservatively while maintaining a premier resort experience for guests and citizens, and focusing on housing, parking and transportation, and environmental sustainability. The town will also be looking at how it can be more efficient by closely evaluating each department’s budget including operations, staffing and capital needs. The Town Council will be reviewing various components of the budget at the following regularly-scheduled meetings:July 21 work session: Discussion of 5- and 15-year capital plan and review of Vail Reinvestment Authority capital budget.Aug. 18 evening meeting: Review first draft of town manager’s recommended budgetSept. 1 evening meeting: Review of second draft of town manager’s budget.Sept. 15 evening meeting: First reading of 2010 budget ordinance.Sept. 15 work session: Review of Vail Local Marketing District operating plan.Oct. 6 evening meeting: Second reading of 2009 budget ordinance.Oct. 6 evening meeting: Vail Reinvestment Authority budget resolution.Oct. 6 evening meeting: Vail Local Marketing District budget resolution.These dates are subject to change. Work sessions begin around noon or later, and the evening sessions begin at 6 p.m. The public can comment during evening meetings, and there are also limited opportunities for public comment during the work sessions. Council meeting agendas are available the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting and are posted on line at vailgov.com. Comments may be sent to council members at any time by calling 970-479-1860, ext. 8, or e-mail email@example.com.This year the town budget totaled $56.7 million, with the majority of spending within the $29.3 million general fund, the $13 million capital projects fund, and the $12.1 million real estate transfer tax fund.For more information on the budget process, contact Kathleen Halloran, Manager of Budgets & Financial Reporting at 970-479-2116.
A survey showed a good bit of support for local government action to bolster workforce housing in town. For now though, that support stops at supporting a new tax for funding.