Arapahoe County budget up thanks to revenue growth

Staff report
Posted 1/7/19

Arapahoe County adopted a $404.3 million budget for 2019 in December, up from $390 million last year and bolstered by increased revenue, according to county documents. “A lot of very hard work went …

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Arapahoe County budget up thanks to revenue growth

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Arapahoe County adopted a $404.3 million budget for 2019 in December, up from $390 million last year and bolstered by increased revenue, according to county documents.

“A lot of very hard work went into preparing the 2019 budget this year, and as our county's population continues to grow, our citizens expect us to provide the many varied services in the most frugal, yet professional and efficient manner possible,” Arapahoe County Commissioner Jeff Baker said in a news release. “Part of that process includes separating the 'wants' from the 'needs' and keeping our finances balanced and in compliance with TABOR restrictions. I believe we have accomplished that goal this year.”

A 4.1 percent increase in revenue allowed the county to balance its operating budget with a $2.1 million surplus, according to a county news release. That allows money to be set aside for one-time uses, such as infrastructure, technology and transportation projects.

The 2019 budget includes funding for 46 new employees, bringing the total to 2,204.4. Many of the new positions are in the sheriff's office, including several patrol officers, deputies in the jail and courts, communications and dispatch staff, and some in the new Regional Crime Lab.

Other new positions in 2019 include an engineering inspector, traffic engineering technician, maintenance staff in the Facilities and Open Space departments, a software developer, cybersecurity analyst and a public information officer.

The budget includes a 3.3 percent merit-based pay raised for county employees, and $800,000 in increases to the district attorney's office and health department.

The budget allocates $12.8 million for capital improvement projects, many of which were deferred during the Great Recession, according to the budget's introduction.

Projects include:

• $3.1 million to replace the door control system in the county jail.

• $1.7 million for improvements to Iliff Avenue.

• $1.5 million to improve pedestrian crossings on Sixth Avenue.

The full budget is available at arapahoe.gov.

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