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County budget nearing final approval

 

November 20, 2019

I hope all are enjoying a nice day.  I was able to enjoy a short trip over the weekend to visit my cousins and godson in Arizona, and it was a wonderful chance to spend brief but wonderful time with family.  I hope many of you will be able to spend quality family time over the soon-to-arrive Thanksgiving Holiday.  Also, I want to provide a couple of updates on the 2020 budget and the recent election.  

El Paso County Commissioners provided final direction to staff on the 2020 El Paso County Budget during the regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 14.  As has been an emphasis for me over these past couple years, the proposed budget prioritizes ongoing County infrastructure and road maintenance, as well as public safety.  It also provides increased support for community programs such as Pretrial and Veterans Services.  Additionally, based upon revised discretionary revenue estimates for 2020, we were able to allocate an additional $345,000 for high impact road projects for the county.  We will have our final vote to adopt the 2020 El Paso County Budget during the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Also, I wanted to thank everyone who participated and voted in the recent election.  The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office released their final ballot count for the 2019 Coordinated Election.  With 178,494 votes accepted, El Paso County had a 38.48% turnout rate of all registered voters and 42.8% turnout of active voters.  With seven Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) open on Election Day, the County Clerk was pleased to report that there was minimal-to-no wait for in-person voters.  My thanks to all the volunteers and staff that worked so hard to ensure an efficient election process. 

Finally, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking community-minded volunteers to serve on the El Paso County Road Impact Fee Advisory Committee.  Applications for the open position are due by Dec. 13.  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 on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, Pikes Peak Meeting Room, Colorado Springs.  The volunteer application is located at www.elpasoco.com and can be accessed at: https://bocc.bocc.elpasoco.com/volunteer.  Have a great week, everyone.

 

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