Mesa County Proposed Budget for 2014
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo Mesa County Commissioners will have a couple of weeks to add their changes to the 2014 proposed budget plan.
The proposed budget is set to be more than $148 million for 2014. This is $7 million less than the last year’s budget expenses.
Officials say the proposed budget might cut out costly public infrastructure projects and some public safety programs. Also, one of the largest expenses in the budget are the employees.
As a result, many Mesa County officials are dealing with the loss of employees that are moving to other counties because of better work opportunities.
"I've lost 20 people over the past five years that's 100 percent turn over and I can not do my job of convicting criminals with that level of turn over. I need to keep my more experienced attorneys on and working," said Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.
"I just would encourage that we make the employees a top priority in our budgeting process rather than leaving them until the end to find out what's left and what we can scrape up to make it better," Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner.
"As revenue decreases it's our responsibility as public officials to decrease our expenditures in order to keep the budget balanced,” said Mesa County Administrator Tom Fisher.
However, officials did say this proposed budget does have new health and compensation plan for employees.
Mesa County Commissioners say they will make an official decision to adopt this budget on December 9th.