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County budget sessions coming up

 

Last updated 9/14/2022 at 9:54am | View PDF

Good day, all. I hope all are well and enjoyed the dip in temps and the rain this past weekend. The rain made for an interesting 30th reunion weekend for my Air Force Academy class of '92. We were so happy for the big win by our Air Force Football team Saturday, even though we were all pretty wet cheering on our team at Falcon Stadium. It was great being able to see my old classmates and friends. I also participated in a 9/11 Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Colorado Springs on Sunday and hope everyone also took a moment to remember those lives lost in 2001. As for the rest of my column this week, I'd like to highlight the coming schedule for our County's annual budget presentations and scheduled final approval.

One of, if not the most important role of a County Commissioner, is the adoption of the budget each year. As always, we ask for public input and will have several public meetings discussing the draft and then taking a final vote of approval. This year the first budget presentation will be held on October 4th at our regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting. Our staff will present a Preliminary Balanced Budget to the commissioners. The public will then have the opportunity to provide feedback over the following two months. As always, I will attempt to prioritize our roads, infrastructure, and public safety.

Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez

A 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs on Sunday.

The next two budget presentations (Hearings #2 and #3), on October 18 and October 20, will be comprised of Critical Needs Hearings where we will hear from Department Heads (Public Works, etc.), as well as from the offices run by the county-wide elected officials (ie. the Sheriff, Treasurer, etc.). Budget Hearing #4 will be the Final Direction of the 2023 Budget and held on November 15. I always consider this the most important meeting for public input as it is where we normally make several, though not necessarily drastic, funding changes.

Finally, a last vote to approve the 2023 Original Adopted Budget (Hearing #5) will then occur on December 6. There are normally no funding or allocation changes made at this meeting which is why I encourage residents who want to make recommended changes to the budget do so at or before Hearing #4 (November 15). I'll provide updates and reminders of the budget schedule as they approach, and I hope to see your input along the way.

Enjoy a great week, everyone.

 

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