Along with the passage of the 2013 budget Tuesday afternoon (see related article, Pg. 1), the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners approved two supplemental resolutions, appropriating funds within the budget and certifying the county’s mill levy.
The following budget appropriations are included in the resolution that passed unanimously:
• General Fund: $10,530,793 in revenues and $10,882,909 in expenditures.
• Road and Bridge Fund: $8,434,796 in revenues and $9,333,959 in expenditures.
• Department of Human Services Fund: $4,043,390 in revenues and $4,030,638 in expenditures.
• Archuleta County Combined Dispatch: $730,002 in both revenues and expenditures.
• Conservation Trust Fund: $100,005 in revenues and $245,847 in expenditures.
• Fairfield Settlement Fund: $500 in revenues and $300,000 in expenditures.
• Solid Waste Fund: $621,700 in revenues and $685,231 in expenditures.
• Fleet Management Fund: $1,634,667 in revenues and $1,781,323 in expenditures.
Another resolution certified the county’s mill levy at 18.233 mills for 2013.
While that resolution, too, was approved unanimously, it was not done so without discussion.
Commissioner Steve Wadley stated that, when the county de-Bruced under the 1A ballot measure (allowing the county to collect more property tax revenue than state law would otherwise allow), it essentially lost three mills, with that decrease now affecting the county with the 1A measure no longer in affect.
Diane Sorensen, county finance director, clarified that, prior to the de-Brucing, the county levied 21.145 mills.
Commissioner Michael Whiting suggested that, until the county is able to, “live within its means,” the board, “should not even be hinting at,” raising taxes.