July 30, 2002
Fiscal bumbling by the BOCC has busted Pitkin County’s budget. Now the county is broke.
This budget was drafted in 2001 with help from some 600 employees with salaries and benefits totaling $22,843,506. Is there a record of the advice that staff gave the BOCC? No one has been fired for giving bad advice.
The property taxpayers in the county also support 34 other public sector payrolls totaling many millions of dollars. Each taxing district has a five-member board. That adds up to 175 elected officials with some 1,000 employees helping them to draft their balanced budgets that depend upon property tax revenues.
These taxes, including fees, probably totaled some $60 million in 2001. Did the county get advice from any of these districts when it drafted its budget? All these districts’ constituents have to pay their own property taxes on top of those collected by the county.
It is clearly in each one’s interest to see that the county does not go broke. County citizens pay millions in salaries and benefits to its public employees who could have counseled the BOCC and the public when the 2002 budget was being drafted. Imagine the trouble we would be in if we got all the professional financial advice we are paying for.
Information provided here is believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed because it was taken from Pitkin County publications.
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