County prepares to begin budget work

By Hank Lohmeyer


The county's first budget meeting for making preparations on its 2016 spending plan is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 20.

Requests are coming in to the county for funding support from various organizations. On Monday, commissioners heard a request from the Delta Conservation District of $10,000. The money, if approved as a similar request was last year, will be used to hire DCD staff to aid in completing NRCS-funded projects.

Delta Conservation board president Bill Cleary told the commissioners that having the employee will help in preventing a backlog of NRCS projects from building up in the local area. That will help keep the flow of on-farm improvements funds from the federal government to farmers from slowing down.

Pressure irrigation projects in the North Fork area have been receiving attention. Cleary said that soils health projects are a growing priority.

In other business at its Aug. 17 regular meeting, the BoCC dealt with the following matters:

• The commissioners appointed Judy Briscoe to a position on the county library district board representing the Paonia area.

• A sketch plan was approved for the Guadarrama subdivision, a split of nine acres into two parcels of 1.5 acres and 7.5 acres. The property is located off of Rhapsody Road above Cedaredge.

• County treasurer Lisa Tafoya reported total write-offs for uncollectable property taxes and interest at $2,440.97. The majority of the write-off amounts were accounted for by 16 mobile homes that had been removed or destroyed.

• A beer license was approved for the Hotchkiss Elks' annual picnic at the county fairgrounds.

• The BoCC signed an agreement that extends its use of the Hulteen gravel pit. The agreement is a phase 4 extension of the pact with no changes other than the price of gravel, commissioners noted. The price the county will pay for unprocessed gravel that has been excavated and processed or utilized by the county is $1.10 per ton.