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Moffat County’s 2016 budget in the works

Patrick Kelly

Moffat County Commissioners Chuck Grobe and Frank Moe discuss the 2016 county budget with Finance Director Mindy Curtis.

Moffat County Commissioners Chuck Grobe and Frank Moe met with Finance Director Mindy Curtis Tuesday afternoon to work on the county's 2016 budget.

The budget is still being drafted and will be discussed again at the Oct. 13 commissioner's meeting. A proposed budget will be made available to the public by Oct. 15 and the final version must be submitted to the state by Dec. 15.

The proposed budget comes to a total of $83,349,499 — $4 million more than the 2015 budget.

However, the county is $800,000 short of accounting for the projected expenses.

"It bothers me that we're $800,000 short, but we've positioned ourselves in a good spot to go into this year," Grobe said, adding that he is more concerned about budgeting for 2017.

A decrease in revenue collected from property and severance taxes accounts for the lack of funds. Missing the mark would mean less money for extra capital projects in the county.

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"We're going to be holding a pretty tight, flat budget," Grobe said.

The county had prepared for the loss and is braced for 2016, but the safety net is one-time use and the 2017 budget will be a new challenge.

In terms of next year’s financial planning, Curtis outlined several points that need to be taken into account when deliberating.

According to the proposed budget summary, Moffat County needs to account for and be vocal about state and federal regulations that affect its heavy reliance on natural resource development.

Governmental efficiency has been addressed by having each department submit a flat operating budget for the coming year, which will be reviewed throughout the year.

And third, capital improvement projects will focus on transportation and infrastructure.

Curtis and Grobe both explained that the budget is tentative at this point and will likely be under construction right up to the Dec. 15 deadline.

"We're throwing numbers together just to have preliminary numbers, trying to be close, but there's a lot of massaging that has to be done," Grobe said.

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