Release Monday of the county's preliminary budget for 2017 shows projected general fund spending of $11.1 million, up from $10.6 million estimated for 2016. The 2017 general fund amount includes $3.9 million from property tax receipts.
Big spending items foreseen in the general fund are the jail at $2 million, the sheriff's department at $2 million, and building and grounds at $796,312.
Elected county offices are projected to cost the following amounts: assessor $686,519; commissioners $497,042; clerk and recorder $480,383; coroner $181,090; district attorney county share $620,197; treasurer $253,784; and surveyor $5,721. County administration's budget for 2017 is $408,745.
Total expenditures in the road and bridge fund are shown at $5.6 million. According to the preliminary budget document, the county is anticipating $2.96 million in receipts from the gas (highway users) tax next year, up from $2.63 million expected this year.
Department budget request hearings are set to take place at the courthouse Oct. 25-27.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.