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Eagle County could cut 30 positions

Vail Daily staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Eagle County’s proposed spending plan for 2010 would eliminate 30 full-time position along with cuts to downpayment assistance, early childhood programs and community service grants.

The cuts, announced in a press release Wednesday, amount to $1 million.

The reduction in full-time positions represents an a 7 percent general fund decrease in personnel costs. A portion of these savings will not be realized until 2011, due to costs associated with early retirement and layoff packages.

Asking departments to cut positions was very difficult, County Manager Keith Montag said.

“These are challenging times, and we realize the impact these decisions will have on our employees and their families,” said Montag. “All proposed reductions are being carefully thought-out, so as to affect the least amount of people both internally and externally. We are committed to providing our citizens the essential services they expect while maintaining a balanced budget.”

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners reviewed the preliminary budget Tuesday. The budget reductions were made in response to revenue projections compiled by the county’s Finance Department that indicate the county will face significant deficits in the future if adjustments are not made now. Due to the two-year reappraisal schedule mandated by the state, property tax revenue is anticipated to decrease at least 20 percent by 2012.

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County sales tax collections are down approximately 20 percent from last year, with annual increases of only 3 percent projected in upcoming years. Fees and building permit revenues are also substantially reduced from last year and are not expected to rebound in the near future. When combined, the projections show a $4.4 million general fund deficit by 2012 and a $5.3 million deficit in 2013.

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