County mulls budget requests
The Moffat County Courthouse will get painted, and the Administration Department will get an assistant, but the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office won’t get any vehicles or Tasers.
The Moffat County commissioners considered budget requests from county departments and offices Tuesday. But with the goal of maintaining a balanced budget, the commissioners only had $162,000 to satisfy $392,153 requests.
The commissioners organized the requests in three categories–consider, fund and “on the bubble,” which meant the request basically was rejected.
The commissioners agreed to hire part-time help for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Building Inspection, Administration, Human Resources and the temporary part-time help for the county fair, to repair the roofs of Social Services and the courthouse and purchase new equipment for the Pest Management Department.
All the requests were met with money from the county’s general fund.
They rejected the sheriff’s four requests for three cars, Tasers, tile and carpet cleaner. They also rejected personnel requests from the Assessor’s Office, the Planning Department, the fairgrounds and the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
The commissioners discussed asking Craig City Council to quit charging the county for water at the Craig cemetery. But none of the commissioners wanted to make the request, which they thought the City Council would reject anyway.
Commissioner Darryl Steele suggested watering less of the cemetery to save money, and Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said the county might want to consider raising the cost of a burial plot.
The county charges $200 to $300 for a plot.
That price is low in comparison with other local governments that charge as much as $3,000 for a plot, said Tinneal Gerber, county financial analyst.
The commissioners failed to reach an agreement on the Road and Bridge Department’s personnel requests.
That department requested four employees. Most of the positions existed five to six years ago and were lost through attrition.
Steele and Raftopoulos agreed the Road and Bridge could hire a department manager, expecting the department to promote an employee to the job.
Both commissioners said they would be willing to pay the salary difference the promotion would incur.
Commissioner Les Hampton said he wouldn’t fund such a position until he saw some sort of department analysis that demonstrated its necessity.
Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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