Budget Approved


December 5, 2018

Good day, I hope all are well.  I wanted to highlight our newly approved budget for 2019 as well as congratulate Fort Carson on receiving a Community Partnership award for their collaboration with El Paso County on a local project. 

This past week, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners approved the 2019 budget during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, November 29.  Our El Paso County government is able to meet community needs with the lowest cost-per-household of any large county in the state.  I am happy to report that we were able to provide significantly increased funding in 2019 to our roads and infrastructure needs, which has been the number one issue of residents who have called me.  We were also able to provide additional funds to Public Health, and ensuring public safety needs of the Sheriff's Department and Wildland Fire are being properly supported. 

We were also able to provide some needed shoring up of our emergency reserves, which had been largely depleted in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires, and subsequent flooding.  Having an emergency reserve is vital, as we were reminded of again during this past spring and summer of local fires in southern El Paso County.

Fort Carson Earns Community Partnership Award

Also, I wanted to congratulate Fort Carson for being named one of seven Army installations worldwide to earn the 2018 Department of the Army Community Partnership Award.  Fort Carson Garrison Commander, Col. Brian Wortinger, and I met with media last week to provide the great news.  They received the award for our joint efforts in building and expanding the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex.  Built in 2013 as a collaboration between Fort Carson, El Paso County, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the facility was expanded this past summer to include a new trap and skeet option.  The shooting range provides an outstanding training location for military, our sheriff's department, and area residents (the range fee is $10 for general public).  Great job!

Road Impact Fee Committee Needs Volunteers

     Finally, El Paso County is seeking community-minded volunteers to serve on the County Road Impact Fee Advisory Committee.  Applications for the open position are due by December 14.  The committee was created by the El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works to provide recommendations to the Commissioners on the implementation of the unincorporated county-wide road impact fee program, in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.  The board meets at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month, at the Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, Pikes Peak Meeting Room, Colorado Springs.  You can find this and all other volunteer applications at: https://bocc.elpasoco.com/volunteer.

     Enjoy a wonderful week.


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