County crunch time

Until now, Mesa County, its budget buoyed by reserve funds built up over several years and property tax revenues that lag behind the economy as a whole, has not faced the same crippling revenue decreases that have confronted other local governments.

That’s no longer the case. As the Daly Sentinel’s Mike Wiggins reported Saturday, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey is anticipating dozens of layoffs in his department, and the county won’t contribute money next year to the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. This as the county looks for ways to compensate for an expected $12 million drop in revenue in 2011.

These are difficult decisions for any organization, and every department in the county is having to make similar adjustments.

But other government entities and virtually every private business have had to make similar difficult cuts to survive the Great Recession.

We don’t welcome potential reductions in county services that may result from these cuts, but they come as no surprise.


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