The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners last week approved a $366.2 million budget for 2017 that they said reflects a commitment to county goals regarding public service, quality of life and fiscal solvency.
As adopted, the budget includes funding for about 2,070 employees, a net increase of six to seven employees. New positions to be funded in 2017 include an additional three motor vehicle employees and one driver’s license employee to address increase volume of work and longer wait times. Commissioners also approved $215,300 in overtime to assist the Clerk and Recorder’s Office Motor Vehicle Division in catching up on workload.
That office will also receive $64,500 to pay for ongoing maintenance of new voting system equipment and an additional $234,019 in expenses related to the 2017 election.
County revenues continue to slowly improve at a 2.1 percent increase from 2016; however, total expenditures increased 1.2 percent .
The mill levy for 2017 collections will be 14.039 mills, which includes a temporary tax credit of 1.898 mills to remain within TABOR revenue limitations.
“We are pleased to once again adopt a balanced budget,” Commissioner Chairwoman Nancy A. Doty said in a statement. “Just as our citizens have to live within their means, Arapahoe County works year-round to manage our revenues and expenses to ensure we are being good stewards of our citizens’ tax dollars.”