County eyes flat budget for DA, cuts elsewhere
Mesa County commissioners indicated during a budget meeting Tuesday they plan to keep funding for the District Attorney’s office flat in the county’s 2014 budget.
Commissioners originally considered cutting the District Attorney’s office by 1.5 percent. A 1.5 percent cut was also proposed for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, but that cut will likely decrease from $370,000 to $250,000.
Commissioner Rose Pugliese said she would prefer to cut less from the sheriff’s office, while Commissioner John Justman said the cut would amount to about a 1 percent decrease in the sheriff’s overall budget.
Mesa County Administrator Tom Fisher told commissioners it would take $282,134 to allow all elected official-led offices in the county to remain at base funding levels. The county plans to eliminate more than $2 million from its 2014 general fund to make up for an anticipated decline in property tax revenue.
Commissioners also discussed cutting about $13,000 from the Mesa County Fairgrounds, which would likely mean the fairgrounds would cut down on motor events such as monster truck shows. The county plans to use $120,000 from the Conservation Trust to spend in the general fund on parks and fairgrounds expenditures.
Commissioners planned as of Tuesday not to fund the Riverfront Commission or a Land Trust program in 2014 but will hear appeals on those cuts today and Thursday, respectively.