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2010 Adopted Budget - $290,639,601

The Adopted 2010 Larimer County budget was prepared in compliance with state statute, generally accepted budgeting principles, funding agency requirements, and the budget priorities and directions of the Board of County Commissioners. Major objectives for the budget process for this year were as follows:

Community at Work radio show from Nov. 5: Deni La Rue talks with Larimer County Manager Frank Lancaster and Budget Director Bob Keister about the Adopted 2010 Larimer County Budget. Public hearings get underway in a little more than a week so this is a great time for citizens to become familiar with what is being Adopted. Listen to the MP3 recording (Note: recording ends 7 minutes prematurely due to technical difficulties)

  1. The Commissioners set the "Price of County Government" by identifying the total discretionary funds available to finance the 2010 budget and set the proportions that would be available for the key Results Areas:
    • Public Safety
    • Transportation
    • Health and Well-Being
    • Jobs Creation and Economic Vitality
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • General Governmental Services
    • Preparing for Growth
  2. The Commissioners Prioritized Funding for Services-As guidance to the County Manager for preparing the 2010 budget, the Board reviewed all services, categorized and prioritized them with respect to receiving discretionary funding increases. Services were evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Requirement or Need to Provide a Service-Mandated vs. Non-Mandated
    • Impact of the Service on the Community-Performance in Addressing Basic Health, Safety or Welfare
    • Relational Impacts of Providing the Service-Relationships to Other Community Services
    • Citizen Priority of Providing the Service-Importance and Degree of Emphasis
    • County Commissioner Priority of Providing the Service-Importance and Degree of Emphasis
    • The Degree that the Service Embodies County Values-Partnering, Collaboration and Prevention
  3. Following the prioritization of services, all services were then assigned funding limitations by the Commissioners as follows (Increase or Decrease is from 2009 Adopted Budget Levels):
    Result/Outcome Category Highest Priority Services Mid-Priority Services Lowest Priority Services
    Health and Well-Being - Providing opportunities for our community members to be healthy and self sufficient. 2% Decrease 3% Decrease 4% Decrease
    Public Safety - Help people feel safe through prevention, emergency preparedness, responsiveness and community partnerships. 0% Increase 2% Decrease 3% Decrease
    Environment and natural Resources - Maintain and promote a healthy environment, protecting our natural resources for recreation, conservation and community well-being. 4% Decrease 4% Decrease 4% Decrease
    Transportation Services - Safe, efficient and adequately maintained transportation systems. 2% Decrease 3% Decrease 4% Decrease
      Special Exception-Statutory Sharing of Road Tax-0% Increase
    Preparing for Growth - Manage growth in a manner that maintains and enhances the quality of life of our citizens. 4% Decrease 5% Decrease 6% Decrease
    Jobs Creation and economic Vitality - Promote a strong economy and economic vitality. 4% Decrease 5% Decrease 6% Decrease
    General Government - Provide basic statutory county services in an efficient, responsive and effective manner and with accountability to our citizens. 4% Decrease 5% Decrease 6% Decrease
    Special Exceptions-Property Tax Collection, Motor Vehicle Registration, Public Communication, Permanent Document Recording and Citizen Information Center-0% Increase
    General Government - Efficient and effective delivery of the County's internal services 3% Decrease 3% Decrease 3% Decrease
  4. The Commissioners also identified additional requirements that the budget must address. The budget must maintain adequate fund balances in major operating funds. The budget must address, to the extent resources are available, the priorities identified in Commissioners Work Plan and Strategic Plan. The budget shall not commit Larimer County to providing programs or levels of service that cannot be reasonably sustained in light of projected resources.
  5. The budget shall be prepared incorporating the County objectives of:
    • Maintaining employee compensation at the 50th percentile goal.
    • Preventing inflation for eroding the purchasing power of operating budgets.
    • Providing for the reasonable and timely replacement of equipment and software.

Budget Documents

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Copies of the 2010 Adopted Budget are available 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 & television stations and local newspapers.

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