Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — It is still a work in progress, but the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) are closer to finalizing the roughly $7 million 2014 budget.
The ACC held the 2014 preliminary budget public hearing on Wednesday during their regular meeting, which attracted zero interest from the community.
The budget is a financial plan designed to provide the county a forecast based on expected revenues and expenditures, according to the Alamosa County 2014 Preliminary Budget document. It reflects department head requests for their respective departments.
The county anticipates there will be an increase in property taxes due to an increase in assessed valuations, according to the document. Sequestration affected some county funding, but the county is confident it can retain the revenue line items.
Over the past several years, the county has seen a consistency in sales tax collection, which helps offset increased costs across the board, according to the document. Although it helps, the Alamosa County Jail continues to place a burden on the budget because of its aging facility and exceeding number of inmates. It appears 2013 costs are down from 2012, but not enough to render the For the complete article see the 11-09-2013 issue.
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