Commissioners sign on loans for general funds | CraigDailyPress.com

Commissioners sign on loans for general funds

Brandon Johnson

Moffat County commissioners tried to clear up confusion Tuesday about their plan to loan general fund money to county departments.

Commissioners said the loans, one to the Road and Bridge Department for about $2 million and one to the Craig/Moffat County Airport fund for about $500,000, are not an attempt to alter the county’s budget.

The county received a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to improve county roads and a $500,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for work at the airport.

The county will receive the grant money in the form of reimbursements after work begins on both projects, commissioners said.

Commissioner Saed Tayyara said he received an e-mail from a concerned citizen who didn’t think the county should transfer money from one fund to another.

Moffat County budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said the loans are not transfers because the money will be paid back.

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“This is just a loan. It will be paid back before Dec. 31,” Gerber said.

Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the loans at the start of their regular meeting Tuesday, but they moved the decision back so they could discuss the loans at length.

After discussing the loans, commissioners voted unanimously in favor of them.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said that without the loans, Road and Bridge and the airport wouldn’t be able to start work on the projects.

“We don’t have that kind of money,” Steele said.

Commissioner Tom Gray said it wouldn’t make sense for the county not to apply for grants because individual departments don’t have the money up front.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

In other news

  • Commissioners approved The Memorial Hospital’s request to sell four lots on Tucker Street.
  • Commissioners voted to allow Moffat County Fairgrounds Director Bill Sixkiller to spend up to $17,000 to build a structure at the fairgrounds. The structure is needed for the county fair because there are more people involved in 4-H this year than ever, commissioners said.
  • Commissioners voted to allow the Moffat County Assessor’s Office to hire a company to build a new Web site. The site, which will cost $8,500 to build, will make it easier for people to access information that they typically visit the assessor’s office to get, Assessor Suzanne Brinks said.
  • Commissioners approved a personnel requisition for the Road and Bridge Department and two for the assessor’s office.

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