Hayden Town Board and public to discuss budget tonight

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What: Hayden Town Board of Trustees budget workshop

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden Town Hall,

178 West Jefferson Ave.

— The Hayden Town Board of Trustees will hold its budget workshop tonight, opening its proposed 2008 budget for discussion by the board and town residents.

The town released the first draft of the balanced $3.5 million budget earlier this month. The budget shows rising costs in growth-affected areas such as public safety, which would be funded by double-digit increases in sales tax revenues from Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Line items that may be pared down include equipment requests from the Hayden Police Department and the Public Works Department, said Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Grobe.

The proposed new police station also will be discussed, Grobe said. The town is yet to determine how the $1.5 million station would be funded, if at all. A possible funding source would be a $500,000 grant from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program. The grant application was presented earlier this month, and officials are awaiting word about the result.

Depending on the progress made during tonight's workshop, the Town Board may schedule a second budget workshop next month or hold a special executive session after a regular Town Board meeting if employee wages need to be discussed, Hayden Finance Director Lisa Dowling said.

The town's budget must be approved no later than the board's Dec. 6 meeting.

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