Special meeting of Moffat County Board of County Commissioners called to review mill levy ballot question
September 5, 2018
CRAIG — The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, to discuss and sign a resolution to add a special mill levy to the November ballot to help support the Moffat County Library and the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
The deadline to submit the ballot question to the state is Friday. The county is finalizing the wording of the issue with County Attorney Rebecca Tyree. If approved by voters, money from the mill levy will be dedicated exclusively to the library and museum, according to a letter written by Tyree in mid-July.
The commission and the Community Task Force met several times earlier this year to discuss the county’s finances, future projections, and steps taken by commissioners to balance the county’s budget, the last of which included cuts from both the library and museum budgets.
“We were able to reduce our 2018 budget by $1.7 million, including a reduction of 10 county employees, but there’s still a lot to do in order to prevent depletion of county reserves going forward,” according to a joint statement from the commission and the community task force, released in early August.
According to a May interview with Museum of Northwest Colorado Assistant Director Paul Knowles, the cuts reduced the museum’s annual budget by approximately $100,000, making it difficult for the museum to continue operations.
Moffat County Library Director Sherry Sampson said the library, too, is losing about $100,000 from its annual budget. She said the library had to eliminate three positions and reduce hours for employees to stay afloat following the budget cuts.
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In a presentation to the Craig City Council meeting in late August, Knowles said both the library and museum are important to the county and city, citing the number of visitors the museum receives and positive reviews it has received on social media.
Neither the library nor the museum receive funding from the city of Craig.