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Commissioners to review 2016 budget on Nov. 17

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

Nov. 12, 2015 – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will review the county’s proposed 2016 budget beginning at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 17. The meeting will take place in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. All interested community members are encouraged to attend. Tuesday’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 $40.3 million in 2016, representing a 2.8 percent decrease from 2015 expenses. The Board of Commissioners has set a General Fund reserve minimum of $13.1 million for 2016.

Across all funds, expenditures are budgeted at $109 million, down from $150 million in 2015. The reduction is primarily due to large capital projects funded in 2015 for Road & Bridge and the Eagle County Regional Airport.

The 2016 budget was developed in support of the commissioners’ strategic plan, including the following goals:

  • Eagle County is Financially Sound
  • Eagle County Protects the Natural Environment
  • Eagle County Promotes a Diverse and Resilient Economy
  • Eagle County is a High-Performing Organization
  • Eagle County is a Great Place to Live for All

In a change from the last couple of years, the county will not conduct a competitive community grant process for 2016. Instead, contracts with outside agencies that deliver services in direct alignment with the strategic plan are included within departmental budgets. Eagle County has also committed $100,000 to the United Way of Eagle River Valley for programs and services supporting social investment, including enhancing access to shelter, medical care, food, employment, safety and early childhood development.

In addition, a recently-completed project to refund existing certificates of purchase used to finance the county’s Maintenance Service Center and Justice Center expansion has resulted in approximately $750,000 in present value savings and frees up approximately $1.6 million in reserves for other county capital projects.

Highlights of the 2016 expenditure plan include:

  • Resources to meet increased demands for ECO Transit, law enforcement and human services.
  • Facilitation of expanded air service to Eagle County Regional Airport.
  • Investments into energy use reduction and environmental sustainability efforts.
  • Funding for traffic improvements in El Jebel and U.S. Highway 6 planning and design efforts in Edwards.

The proposed budget also includes a 3 percent performance-based merit pool for county employees.

Final adoption of the budget and the county’s mill levy is scheduled for Dec. 8, with certification of mill levies for all taxing entities set for Dec. 18. For more information, contact Eagle County Finance Director John Lewis at 970-328-3511.