2017 Budget Unanimously Adopted by City Council

budget2On Wednesday December 7, City Council unanimously adopted the 2017 City of Grand Junction budget. The budget focuses on City Council’s established priorities of public safety, infrastructure, and economic development. The budget marks the culmination of months of preparation on the part of City Council, the department directors and many City employees.  A copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was made can be found here.

Some highlights of the budget include:   

~ $140.5 million total spending budget (4.7% or $6.9 million decrease from 2016 adopted budget)

~ Emphasis on City Council’s identified top priorities of public safety, infrastructure, and economic development

~ Continues programs and services to which residents have become accustomed

~ A budget which is not only balanced, but also provides $161,585 in operating surplus

~ Includes 25% increase to street maintenance (pavement preservation) from $2.8 million to $3.5 million

~ Continues increased funding to economic development – $2.73 million

~ 628 full-time authorized positions (after labor reductions) which includes 3 new emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), 3 new Communications Center dispatchers, and 2 new police officer positions

~ Includes a net $1.3 million decrease in labor costs

~ Projected flat sales tax revenues for 2017

~ Projected increase in lodging tax revenues of about 5%

Capital projects totaling $22.4 million are slated for 2017. Some of those projects include:

~ 1st Street reconstruction and expansion between North Avenue and Ouray Avenue

~ Bridge replacement over Lewis Wash at F 1/2 and 30 8/10 Roads (primarily grant funded)

~ Construction of Las Colonias Amphitheatre (funded primarily by grants and partners)

~ Replacement of the road salt storage shed

~ Upgrades to the water treatment plant and water line replacements

~ Upgrades to the Persigo wastewater treatment plant and sewer line replacements

~ Improvements to the 911 Communications Center including tower, telephone and system upgrades

~ Replacement of the sports turf at Stocker Stadium (funded primarily by grants and partners)

~ Purchase of a mobile fire pump testing and training unit

~ Purchase of a portable bomb X-ray machine

Links to all of the budget package documents can be found at http://www.gjcity.org/city-government/city-manager/2017-budget/

Contact: Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager 970-244-1507

 

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