Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association Officials (SLVCCA) approved the preliminary 2014 budget on Monday morning for various agencies.
Local agencies requested a total of $1,006,964 from the Valley’s six counties, according to the SLVCCA report, and approved a $906,066 budget for the coming year, down from $984,612 in 2013.
Last year, the total budget request was $984,612 and an $883,733 budget was approved with almost all agencies receiving less than the solicited amount; a theme that continues heading into 2014.
In county funding request tradition, the district attorney asked for the largest amount of money since it is what chiefly enables the office to exist. According to the report, District Attorney Dave Mahoney requested $693,582 to support a staff he struggles to keep due to such low salaries. He was awarded $671,772, $30,000 more than 2012. Over the past 12 months, the office has been operating roughly $30,000 short of his 2013 request, money that could have contributed to staff retention and hiring. Alamosa County provided $228,882; Conejos, $115,000; Costilla, $53,546; Mineral, $8,600; Rio Grande, $173,396; and Saguache, $92,348.
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