MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Monday, December 10, 2001

There were no Land Use Hearings this week.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2001

PROPOSED PARK FEE INCREASE

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The Board of County met with Gary Buffington, Director of Parks at 7:00 p.m.; Chair Rennels presided and Commissioner Bender was present. Also present was Jean O'Connor, Recording Clerk.

Mr. Buffington provided a presentation of the current Larimer County Park permit fees and the proposed fee increases for park permits for 2002.

Mr. Ken Barry, County resident inquired as to why County fees are higher than fees for State parks. Mr. Buffington stated that State legislation requires 70% of the State Park budget be "self-sustaining" and Larimer County requires 90% of the Park budget. Mr. Barry noted that the cost of operating the parks is 6 million yet the fees only generate 1 million. Mr. Buffington stated that the 6 million dollars is inclusive of capital construction, grants, GoCO money, etc. and also includes the Open Lands budget.

Chair Rennels clarified that although the 6 million includes both Parks and Open Lands, they are two separate departments within the division and the two incomes can not be mixed since Open Space is a voter approved sales tax.

Much discussion ensued regarding funding sources for improvements at the County Parks and the status of Horsetooth Reservoir for 2002.

At this time the hearing was closed to the public and Commissioner Bender noted that the proposed increases are minimal and hopefully would not discourage or decrease the number of citizens using the parks.

Chair Rennels stated that the increase in fees is a necessary evil needed to maintain at least the basic of services.

M O T I O N

Commissioner Bender moved to approve the proposed County Park fee increases for 2002 as presented.

Motion carried 2 - 0.

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KATHAY RENNELS, CHAIR

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

MYRNA J. RODENBERGER

CLERK AND RECORDER

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A T T E S T

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Jean M. O'Connor, Clerk to the Board