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Commissioners to review 2014 budget on Nov. 18

Contact: John Lewis, Finance Director, 970-328-3511 or  

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will review the county’s proposed 2014 budget beginning at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18. The meeting will take place in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. All interested community members are encouraged to attend. Monday’s presentation will also be aired live on ecotv18, channel 18 on the Eagle Valley’s two cable systems, as well as streamed live and archived for later viewing online at

As proposed, General Fund operating expenditures will be approximately $34.7 million in 2014, representing a $2.6 million increase from 2013 expenses. 2014 will mark the first year-over-year increase in General Fund spending since 2009, when expenditures were $41.9 million. Over the same period, General Fund reserves have grown from $15.4 million to $22 million. 

The increase in expenses coincides with slowly recovering revenues as well as the county’s strong reserves, and represents investments toward the commissioners’ strategic priorities, including Quality Services, Social Investment, Economic Vitality, Sustainable Communities and Environmental Stewardship.

Highlights of the 2014 expenditure plan include:

  • Facilitation of expanded air service to Eagle County Regional Airport
  • Additional resources to meet demands for human services
  • Creation of an environmental sustainability function within the county
  • Increased funding for the District Attorney’s Office
  • Administration of a community grant program
  • Support for the 75th annual Fair & Rodeo

In addition, while no merit increases are budgeted for county employees in 2014, funds to address a limited number of needed pay scale adjustments are included. The county will also absorb an anticipated rise in health care costs, rather than passing those costs on to employees. 

Across all funds, expenditures are budgeted at $99.9 million for 2014, down from $120.3 million in 2013. The majority of the decrease comes from a reduction of expenses in the Capital Improvements Project (CIP) fund.

Final adoption of the budget and the county’s mill levy is scheduled for Dec. 10, with certification of mill levies for all taxing entities set for Dec. 20. For more information, contact Eagle County Finance Director John Lewis at 970-328-3511.