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County to adopt budget

Brandon Johnson

After months of meetings and budget workshops, Moffat County commissioners are expected to adopt the 2006 budget at Tuesday’s regular commissioner meeting.

Commissioners will vote on the budget at 9 a.m. at the commissioners’ chambers in the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Individual department leaders crunched the numbers, and there probably won’t be much discussion about the budget before commissioners sign off Tuesday, budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

The county’s bottom line of $9.83 million for 2006 is about $300,000 more than in 2005, when the county budgeted $9.5 million.

But even with the increase, the county had each department trim its budget by about 5 percent.

The money saved by the 5 percent cuts will be used to offset rising fuel costs, build capital reserves, and fund capital expenses.

The most controversial aspect of the budget process was decided last week, when commissioners voted to close Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to close the facility. Commissioner Tom Gray, who, for the past month supported keeping the facility open, voted to keep it open.

The vote came after supporters of the clubhouse packed the commissioners chamber and asked that the facility remain open.

Commissioners expect to save about $70,000 by closing the facility, they said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners will meet with Jay Fetcher, liaison to Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Denver.

Commissioners aren’t scheduled to discuss anything specific with Fetcher at the 1:30 p.m. meeting, said Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resources director.

Fetcher asked to meet with the commissioners because he will be in Craig on other business, Comstock said.

Comstock said he hopes to discuss the Northwest Colo-rado Stewardship group with Fetcher.

The stewardship group is working with the Bureau of Land Management to write a resource-management plan for the Little Snake Resource area, which encompasses Northwest Colorado.

The stewardship is made up of a diverse group of people, including environmentalists and representatives from the oil and gas industry.

Comstock said he hopes to tell Fetcher how important the group is for Northwest Colorado.

The meeting with Fetcher and the rest of the commissioners’ meeting is open to the public.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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