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Counties finalize budget decisions

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2012




Courier editor

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association officials yesterday approved an $883,733 budget for 2013, with almost every funding recipient receiving less than requested.

The lion’s share of the budget — $642,854 — goes to the district attorney, the only entity the commissioners are required to fund. The DA’s office requested $672,254 for 2013 so will be about $30,000 short of their requested amount.

The next highest recipients in the Valley-wide budget are CSU Extension, due to receive $86,770 of its $93,883 request, SLV TV, which was nearly on the money with $46,775 requested and $47,194 in the budget, South Central Colorado Seniors, down for $30,000 and SLV Development Resources Group, slated to receive $27,500.

SLV DRG requested $20,000 but is also collecting the dues from counties belonging to the new Council of Governments. Some counties included the dues in their funding while others kept them separate.

Rio Grande county commissioners asked for a six-month review of the CSU Extension Service budget to see how the new position there is working out after that time.

“We’re just wondering how viable that’s going to be down the road and we feel we ought to maintain conversations about it,” said Rio Grande County Commissioner Karla Shriver.

Some agencies may not receive very much from the Valley-wide commissioner association but will receive additional assistance from the counties through other means such as Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) or sales tax grants.

The request for $5,000 for the proposed Child Advocacy Center received no formal funding from the commissioner association but some of the counties are working on assistance through their social services departments. In addition, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen said Alamosa County might serve as the fiscal agent for a grant for the center.

The 2013 San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association budget may change before the end of the year since the counties have not finalized their individual budgets, but changes will be noted before recipients are notified at the end of the year.

The amounts approved on Monday for a total of nearly $900,000 were:

• $47,194 for SLV TV, which had requested $46,775. County breakdowns are $22,452, Alamosa County; $13,097, Conejos County; $5,145, Costilla County; $6,000, Rio Grande County; and $500, Saguache County.

• $86, 770 for CSU Extension, which had requested $93,883. County totals are $26,000, Alamosa County; $8,000, Conejos County; $2,500, Costilla County; $675, Mineral County; $28,795, Rio Grande County; and $20,800, Saguache County.

• $11,100 for SLV Fair Board, which had requested $25,000. Breakdowns by county are $5,000, Alamosa County; $4,000, Conejos County; $500, Costilla County; $600, Mineral County; and $1,000, Rio Grande County.

• $9,900 for Crossroads Turning Points, which had requested $12,000. Totals by county are $4,000, Alamosa County; $2,000, Conejos County; $900, Costilla County; $1,000, Mineral County; and $2,000, Rio Grande County.

• $3,300 for SLV Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which had requested $6,400. County breakdowns are $1,100, Alamosa County; $500, Conejos County; $1,000, Rio Grande County; and $700, Saguache County.

• $30,000 for South Central Colorado Seniors, which had requested $73,000. Totals by county are $5,000, Conejos County; $2,000, Costilla County; $3,000, Mineral County; and $20,000, Rio Grande County. Three of the counties noted they also fund South Central with CSBG: $6,000 from CSBG in Conejos County; $10,000 from CSBG in Alamosa County; and $6,000 from CSBG in Costilla County.

• $7,950 for Blue Peaks. Breakdowns by county are $1,000, Alamosa County; $1,000, Conejos County, $1,000, Costilla County; $600, Mineral County; and $4,350, Saguache County.

• $27,500 for SLV Development Resources Group, which had requested $20,000. County totals are $20,000, Alamosa County; $2,000, Conejos County; $500, Costilla County; $1,000, Mineral County; and $4,000, Rio Grande County.

• $6,975 for SLV Hazardous Substance Board, which had requested $7,100. Totals by county are $2,200, Alamosa County; $1,080, Conejos County; $900, Costilla County; $300, Mineral County; $1,900, Rio Grande County; and $595, Saguache County.

• $2,390 for SLV Small Business Development, which had requested $2,700. Breakdowns by county are $1,000, Alamosa County; $250, Conejos County; $300, Costilla County; $240, Mineral County; and $600, Rio Grande County.

• $642,854 for 12th Judicial District Attorney, which had requested $672,254. County totals are $217,360, Alamosa County; $110,000, Conejos County; $53,546, Costilla County; $8,600, Mineral County; $161,000, Rio Grande County; and $92,348, Saguache County.

• $2,550 for Center for Restorative Programs, which had requested $5,000. County totals are $1,000, Alamosa County; $250, Conejos County; $100, Costilla County; $200, Rio Grande County; and $1,000, Saguache County.

• $1,000 for Rio Grande Water Shed, which had requested $5,000. The sole funder was Costilla County.

• $2,000 for the Food Bank Network, which had requested $8,000. The funding will come from Alamosa County, $1,500, and Costilla County and Mineral County, with $250 each.

• $2,250 for Tu Casa, which had requested $2,500. County totals are $1,000, Alamosa County; $1,000, Conejos County; and $250, Costilla County.












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