The Board of Commissioners adopted the 2019 Adams County budget at public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Top priorities in the 2019 budget, set at $517,776,504, a 10.5% increase from 2018, focus on education and economic prosperity, a high-performing and fiscally sustainable government, quality of life, safe and reliable infrastructure, and community enrichment.
“The Board of County Commissioners will continue to focus on these priorities to serve the residents of Adams County in the coming year,” said Mary Hodge, Board of Commissioners Chair. “Our 2019 budget reflects our priorities in the areas of education, human services, parks and open space, infrastructure of roads and bridges, and improving economic opportunities for residents and local businesses.”
Some specific priorities in the 2019 budget include:
- Development of Colorado Air and Space Port
- Increased program allocations to both Human Services and Community Corrections
- Infrastructure projects at Riverdale Regional Park and open space purchases
- Public Works projects such as gravel roads, stormwater, and sidewalks
- Funding of the Adams County Scholarship Fund for high-performing high school students
The county’s Budget Department, headed by Budget Director Nancy Duncan, has worked with County Manager Raymond Gonzales and his staff since April planning and preparing the proposed 2019 budget. In the process, the group sought input from all elected officials and department directors.
The mission of the Budget Department is to develop a financial plan that ensures the health, safety, and welfare of county residents. Adams County is committed to adopting a budget that facilitates the orderly and efficient delivery of county government services, as directed by the Local Government Budget Law of Colorado, other governmental mandates, policy directives developed by the Board of County Commissioners, and resident feedback.