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Alamosa budget gives clear direction for 2014

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city council approved a budget of just under $15 million on Wednesday.

Two councilors were absent, but the remaining council unanimously approved the budget, which had been the topic of discussion in several work sessions leading up to the October 16 vote.

“This is the last step in what has been a several months process,” said City Manager Heather Brooks. “Thanks to everyone for their work on it.”

The 2014 budget is based on an outcomes approach with emphasis on historical data for expenditures in department operations, according to Brooks and Finance Director Amanda Valdez. They explained to the council in communication introducing the budget document that as the city uses this budget it should assist the council in focusing expenditures towards activities that advance the overall goals of the community.

“Hopefully this will give us clear direction for next year,” Brooks said.

Several purchases and projects are included in the 2014 Alamosa city budget including:

• Levee maintenance

• New radio system for city crews to increase efficiency and communications among city departments

• Three new police cruisers

• A water study of city parks and the golf course and new software for the city’s water treatment plant

• Addressing many of the unmet capital needs in the recreation fund including installing an elevator at the recreation center, resurfacing the main gym floor, a new mower and other ADA requirements.

For the complete article see the 10-22-2013 issue.

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