Board of County Commissioners Adopts 2020 Budget

The Adams County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2020 Adams County budget at public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Top priorities in the 2020 budget, set at $574,283,381, a 10.9% increase from 2019, include education and economic prosperity, a high-performing and fiscally sustainable government, quality of life, safe and reliable infrastructure, and community enrichment.

“As we move into 2020, the goal of the Board of County Commissioners remains the same: To put the needs of our residents first,” said Steve O’Dorisio, Board of County Commissioners Chair. “By building new and modern facilities and focusing on areas to improve quality of life and infrastructure in departments like Human Services and Public Works, we are well-positioned financially to enter the new decade.”

Some specific priorities in the 2020 budget include:

  • Completion of the new Animal Shelter
  • Increased program allocations to both Human Services and Community Corrections
  • Beginning construction on the new Fleet and Public Works building
  • 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 February planning and preparing the proposed 2020 budget. In the process, the group sought input from all elected officials and department directors. View the 2020 adopted budget at

"A key priority for this year’s budget recommendation was to ensure we maintain our high standard in service delivery to the growing number of residents in the county," said Gonzales. "We have also factored in the need for a total compensation strategy to recognize the valuable contribution of our existing employees, while ensuring that we maintain our status as an employer of choice."

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.