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Adopted 1999 Budget for Larimer County - $ 174,654,561

Health & Human Services - $34,750,529

Health, safety, food, shelter, clothing and transportation are some of the services provided to the public through Health & Human Services and various delegated non-county agencies.

  • Aging Programs - $753,695
  • Community Programs - $277,413
  • Cooperative Extension - $476,761
  • Employment and Training - $4,030,445
  • Health and Environment - $4,333,525
  • Health and Human Services Director - $229,631
  • Human Development - $632,903
  • Libraries Support - $254,587
  • Mental Health - $4,826,044
  • Social Services - $17,881,812
  • Support of Other Entities - $546,050
  • Veterans Service - $102,407

Public Safety - $27,771,764

Larimer County maintains a countywide detention center, provides police protection in unincorporated areas, works with the community to deter crime, prosecutes offenders, provides emergency rescue, fights wildfires, and administers alternative sentencing programs.

  • Building Inspection - $1,609,334
  • Community Corrections - $2,756,960
  • Coroner - $437,546
  • District Attorney - $2,820,993
  • Sheriff - $20,146,931

Public Works - $15,866,955

Larimer County maintains 1101 miles of paved and unpaved roads, 79 Subdivisions and 319 bridges. The fleet of equipment needed to maintain this infrastructure is maintained internally.

  • Engineering - $1,505,559
  • Forestry Services - $39,755
  • Public Works Administration - $89,968
  • Road and Bridge - $12,436,173
  • Sharing of Road Tax with Cities - $1,795,500

Planning and Zoning - $1,350,012

Larimer County handles the development review process for all areas outside city limits, including zoning, subdivision and other land use issues.

Parks and Open Space - $16,248,017

Larimer County maintains parks and hiking trails, provides forest and land management services, maintains the fairground facility and supports the County Fair. Included is the voter approved Open Space Sales and Use Tax Fund - 0.25% for eight years.

  • Fairgrounds - $497,926
  • Open Space Sales Tax Admin. - $7,341,709
  • Parks and Open Lands - $8,408,382

Support Services - $12,665,709

Larimer County has centralized support services that assist all county departments to function in the most efficient and economical manner as possible.

  • Accounting and Reporting - $525,853
  • Computer Systems and Programming - $2,595,831
  • County Attorney - $251,180
  • Financial services Admin. - $240,726
  • Fleet Services - $2,194,873
  • Geographic Information Services - $513,643
  • Human Resources - $1,603,137
  • Purchasing - $212,156
  • Retirement Board - $23,860
  • Risk Management - $1,607,365
  • Special Clearing Accounts - $550,132
  • Support for Citizen Boards and Committees - $6,706
  • Printing, Records Mgmt. and Courier - $845,732
  • Radio and Microwave Services - $314,644
  • Telecommunications - $1,179,871

Facilities - $45,524,447

Larimer County maintains many major public facilities, shop and garage buildings. The construction, operation and maintenance costs of facilities are funded from this area. Also included is the collection of voter approved sales and use tax for New Court House Projects - 0.20% not to exceed 15 years. Jail Expansion - .20% for expansion & operation. The tax will not exceed 17 years in total. Also the 0.10% for one year to purchase of the new Fairgrounds property is included in this budget category.

  • Capital Expenditures Projects - $525,000
  • Facilities Construction - $25,397,300
  • Facilities Sales Tax Collection - $11,539,458
  • Facilities Debt Service - $6.069.444
  • Building Maintenance and Planning - $1,993,245

Solid Waste Management - $4,712,273

Larimer County operates landfills and several transfer stations to dispose of solid waste. Solid Waste Management accounts for the County's landfill and recycling operations, which are primarily funded by site collections.

General Government - $7,991,909

Larimer County acts as an agency of the state to register and license motor vehicles, conduct elections, determine property values, and collect taxes for all taxing districts in the county.

  • Assessor - $2,852,161
  • Clerk and Recorder - $3,273,965
  • Commissioners and County Manager - $999,945
  • Surveyor - $6,904
  • Treasurer - $858,934

Special Purpose Functions - $1,959,000

Larimer County acts as an umbrella for other governmental functions and includes the budgets for neighborhood Improvement Districts that are formed to pay for their own paving of streets, sidewalks or maintenance.

  • Enterprise Zone - $54,233
  • Neighborhood Improvement Districts - $1,188,500
  • Pest (Weed) District - $270,797
  • Public Trustee - $445,470

Internal Transfers - $5,697,890

Larimer County transfers funds between its offices to provide support or to pay for internal services.


Understanding Your 1999 Local Property Taxes
(an example of a $160,000 Residence)

1. How 1999 Taxes are Calculated:

Market Value

$ 160,000.00

State Determined Assessment Rate*

x 9.74%

Value for Taxation

$ 15,584.00

Combined Mill Levy

x 88.467

Total Taxes Due:

$1,378,67

Less Proposed County Tax Credit (1.65%)

($5.57)

Net Tax Bill

$1,3,73.10

* The TABOR law requires this credit. The total credit to all taxpayers will be approx. $701,000

2. Combined Mill Levy of Taxing Authorities:

Your School District

53.712

County Government (Proposed Amount)

21.649

City Government

9.797

Hospital

2.167

Other (Water, Library, etc)

1.142

Combined Mill Levy

88.467

Please Note - The above mill levies (except the County) are examples. Each tax entity will announce its intended mill levy when it proposes its annual budget. Your actual Combined Mill Levy depends on the location of the property.

3. Where the Taxes Go:

Your School District

$837.05

County Government (after the 1.65% Credit)

331.81

Your City Government

152.67

Hospital District

31.41

Other (Water, Library, etc.)

16.32

Your Total Tax Bill:

$1,373.10

4. How does County Government propose to spend the $331.81 this Year?

Service Category

Percent

$ per Year

Public Safety and Law Enforcement

38.5%

$127.75

Health & Human Services

18.5%

61.38

Public Works & Highways

17.5%

58.07

Support Services

11.4%

37.83

General Government

10.0%

33.18

County Facilities

3.2%

10.62

Parks and Open Lands

0.9%

2.98

Solid Waste Management (User Fee Supported)

None

None

Larimer County Board of County Commissioners

District #1

District #2

District #3

Kathay Rennels

Cheryl Olson

Jim Disney

498-7001

498-7002

498-7003

Copies of the entire 1999 Adopted Budget are available to the public at the Larimer County Budget Office, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado (phone 498-7017). Copies are also sent to local public libraries, local radio and television stations and local newspapers or online at http://www.larimer.org.

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Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.