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2015 Adopted Net Budget $225,331,718
(2015 Adopted Total Budget $390,299,431)

The Adopted 2015 Larimer County Budget was prepared under the direction of the Board of Larimer County Commissioners and the County Manager using guidelines specified by the Board. As required by State statute, the major features in the budget are listed in this Budget Message.

The Adopted 2015 Larimer County Operating Budget is $225,331,718. This represents a increase of 4.0% from the 2014 Original Operating Budget of $215,994,949 and a 1.5% decrease from the 2014 Revised Operating Budget. However, after including Non-Operational Governmental Accounts and Disaster Response and Recovery Costs ($33.6m), the 2015 Adopted Total County Budget is $390,299,431. This is a 22.8% increase from the Original Total 2014 Budget ($317,722,363) and a 2.0% increase from the Revised Total 2014 Budget ($382,554,490).

Overall 2015 Budget Strategy — As guidance to the County Manager for preparing the 2015 budget, the Board identified the goal of maintaining services (after significant reductions between 2010 and 2014) by authorizing an average 2% increase in county support towards 2015 budgets. This results in a budget that uses $7.79 million of General Fund Reserves in 2015 to continue operations. The hope is that if the economy of northern Colorado continues a modest annual improvement and the County uses some of its reserves in 2015 and 2016, then a balanced budget can be possible by 2017.

The 2015 Adopted Budget was prepared incorporating the County objectives of:

  • Maintaining employee compensation at the compensation goal.
  • Consider additional funding proposals (above the basic 2% increase) that would be a benefit to the community and address required 2015 elements of the recently adopted Strategic Plan.
  • Identifying all budgeted ending fund balances (reserves) to assure that the funds are properly designated for future projects and/or services.
  • Providing for the reasonable and timely replacement of equipment, assets and software that are important for the efficient and effective operation of county services.
Result/Outcome Category 2013 Actual 2014 Original Budget 2014 Revised Budget 2015 Proposed Budget Pct. Chg
from Revised
Community Resources, Infrastructure
and Planning Services
$ 55,648,348 $ 54,298,858 $ 63,143,039 $ 55,997,448 $-11.3%
Health and Economic Services $ 54,092,255 $ 58,915,498 $ 57,298,633 $ 58,292,478 $1.7%
Public Records and Information Services $ 10,701,278 $ 14,034,286 $ 14,216,375 $ 13,233,521 -6.9%
Public Safety Services $ 64,954,176 $ 63,429,154 $ 66,872,631 $ 67,322,479 0.7%
Strategic Leadership and Administrative
Services
$ 26,616,528 $ 25,317,153 $ 26,537,316 $ 30,371,642 14.4%
County Operating Budget $ 212,012,585 $ 215,994,949 $ 228,067,994 $ 225,217,568 $-1.2%
Non-Operational Governmental Accounts $ 101,012,470 $ 88,420,317 $ 101,007,807 $ 104,943,599 3.9%
Disaster Response and Recovery Services $ 13,187,306 $ 13,307,097 $ 51,143,409 $ 33,617,259 -34.3%
Total County Budget $ 326,212,361 $ 317,772,363 $ 380,219,210 $ 363,778,426 -4.3%

Overall 2015 Budget Strategy -As guidance to the County Manager for preparing the 2015 budget, the Board identified the goal of maintaining services (after significant reductions between 2010 and 2014) by authorizing an average 2% increase in county support towards 2015 budgets. This results in a budget that that uses between $3.0 million and $5.0 million of General Fund Reserves in 2015 to continue operations. This action was a modification to the 3-Year Budget Reduction Plan (referred to as "glide path") of reducing budgets to absorb an expiring Jail Sales and Use tax in 2015. The hope is that if the economy of northern Colorado continues a modest annual improvement and the County uses some of its reserves in 2015 and 2016, then a balanced budget can be possible by 2017.

The 2015 Proposed Budget shall be prepared incorporating the County objectives of:

  • Maintaining employee compensation at the compensation goal.
  • Consider additional funding proposals (above the basic 2% increase) that would be a benefit to the community and address required 2015 elements of the recently adopted Strategic Plan.
  • Identifying all budgeted ending fund balances (reserves) to assure that the funds are properly designated for future projects and/or services.
  • Providing for the reasonable and timely replacement of equipment, assets and software that are important for the efficient and effective operation of county services.

Budget Documents

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Copies of the 2015 Proposed Budget are available at the Larimer County Budget Office, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado (phone 970-498-7017). Copies are also sent to local public libraries, local radio & television stations and local newspapers.

If you you would like to make comments on the Larimer County Budget, comments may be:

  • E-mailed to the County Commissioners at BOCC@larimer.org
  • Mailed to the County Commissioners, PO Box 1190, Fort Collins, CO 80522
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