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Council approves 2013 budget

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Snowmass Village Town Council on Oct. 8 passed a resolution adopting the 2013 fiscal budget.

The council met on Sept. 25 to discuss the budget prepared by the town's Finance Department. The officials requested to make certain changes to that budget, primarily to assume that sales tax revenue would increase by 4 percent rather than

3 percent.

That change allowed them to increase expenditures out of the general fund, mainly by adding funds to increase service on Village Bus Route No. 1, a fleet mechanic position, and a part-time Town Clerk administrative position. The portion of the town's $25,000 contribution to the ice rink that will be paid in 2013 was moved to the Real Estate Transfer Tax Fund.

Councilman Jason Haber alone voted against adopting the 2013 budget, saying he felt uncomfortable ignoring the Financial Advisory Board's recommendation. The board had recommended the council adopt the budget as proposed but had not made any comments to the changes made.

The officials also approved on first reading an ordinance amending the 2012 budget. Operating expenditures in the general fund were increased by $1,300 to cover office supplies for the Community Development Department, an expense finance director Marianne Rakowski said had been eliminated and then added back in at the department's request.

At its budget retreat, council also discussed adding one-time expenditures in 2012, including consulting fees for the town entryway and capital replacement plan and an increase in staff bonuses this year. The portion of the ice rink contribution that will be paid this year was also moved to the RETT fund.

Haber also voted against approving the first reading of the amended 2012 budget.

Based on the home rule charter, the Town Council adopts the budget by resolution but makes amendments to it through two readings of an ordinance. The council is slated to have that second reading at its next regular meeting.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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