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The Delta County 2018 budget in the amount of $34,427,504 was adopted Monday by county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes.

The budget was submitted by county administrator Robbie LeValley, who noted it was prepared by a countywide interdepartmental budget team under the supervision and guidance of the Board of County Commissioners. The budget team was composed of department heads and county elected officials.

Also on Monday, the county attorney refuted complaints about the county budget process filed by the Delta County Citizen Report. In early November, JoAnn Kalenak, president of Delta County Citizen Report, presented the commissioners with 2.5 pages of formal complaint of how the Delta County budget is prepared.

There are multiple funds making up the budget and each fund is a separate and legal fiscal entity. The combination of the various funds creates the total county budget.

The Capital Improvements Fund is budgeted at $2,961,603. This amount is disbursed as follows:

The General Fund will receive a transfer of $508,498 to cover all capital outlay expenses for departments within the General Fund.

Road and Bridge Fund will receive $1,447,560 which will cover costs for a road chip and seal program to extend the life of major roadways which have been prioritized on a countywide basis, right-of-way acquisition and engineering costs associated with future road expansion, and capital equipment/facility improvements for Road and Bridge districts.

The Capital Projects Fund is funded at $745,545, with $50,000 allocated to the Delta County Library District for capital improvements and $100,000 to cover additional broadband expenses in cooperation with Region 10 and county municipalities.

Also, $3,415,000 will be set aside in a reserve account for the anticipated improvement to the courthouse campus, including jail and court facilities.

The Capital Projects Fund includes funding of the Delta County Master Plan and Trails Plan, and matching federal and state aviation funds for complete runway construction at Blake Field.

Personnel. Health care insurance premiums will increase by 8.5 percent, an additional $63 per month per employee. The county will cover the increase. In 2018 Delta County employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living increase.

Highway User Tax Fund (HUTF). HUTF revenues are deposited into the County Road and Bridge Fund. In 2018 HUTF revenues will be expended solely for the purpose of reconstructing and maintaining county roads, road rights-of-way, and bridges, and the operation and maintenance of county road district properties.

Enterprise Funds. The county has two enterprise funds wherein the costs of goods and services are financed or recovered through user fees. The landfill fund accounts for revenues received to maintain the Adobe Buttes Landfill and the North Fork Transfer station.The E-911 Fund is funded with a surcharge that appears on monthly landlines and cell phone bills and covers the costs associated with providing E-911 services throughout Delta County.

2018 Mill Levy. Property tax revenues for 2018 in the amount of $5,255,343 are estimated on a mill levy of 17.787. The difference between the county's base mill levy of 18.057, which was established in 1992, and the current mill levy is .27 mils. The .27 mil difference will be reflected as a tax credit on property owners' 2018 tax bills.

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