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Major projects scheduled for Summit Cove roads, workforce housing and Summit County 911 Center
Contacts:Dan Gibbs, Chair, Board of County Commissioners970-333-4707, email@example.comGary Martinez, County Manager970-453-3401, firstname.lastname@example.orgMarty Ferris, Finance Director970-453-3434. email@example.com
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2016 County budget on Tuesday, approving a $26.9 million General Fund budget, along with major capital improvements for Summit Cove, the Summit County Landfill and the Summit County 911 Center. The budget also includes local matching contributions to CDOT’s Highway 9 Wildlife and Safety Improvements project and Highway 9 Iron Springs project.
“We’re in solid financial shape,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “Our property tax revenues are recovering, but because of TABOR restrictions, it will take four two-year revaluation processes to return to pre-recession revenue levels, assuming property values continue to rise. Rising sales tax revenues are helping to relieve some of this pressure, though.”
Total Summit County property tax revenues, which contribute to multiple County funds, are projected to be about $2.4 million higher than they were in 2015. Sales tax revenues are projected to return to pre-recession levels. Property taxes make up one-third of General Fund revenues, and sales taxes make up 17 percent of General Fund revenues.
Among Summit County’s 2016 capital projects is Phase 2 of the Summit Cove Loop Project, which includes numerous roadway improvements throughout the Summit Cove neighborhood and the installation of bicycle-pedestrian lanes along Summit Drive and Cove Boulevard. Phase 2 will include the widening of the Soda Creek causeway and culverts on Cove Boulevard, as well as resurfacing of several adjoining roads. The causeway and culvert work will set the stage for the future installation of bicycle-pedestrian lanes on Cove Boulevard. Altogether, Summit County plans to spend about $1.3 million on road construction projects in 2016.
To cover Summit County’s local funding matches for CDOT’s Iron Springs project (between Frisco and Breckenridge) and Highway 9 Wildlife and Safety project (between Silverthorne and Kremmling), the County will allocate $337,000 and $125,000, respectively, for distribution to CDOT.
From the Safety First Fund, approved by local voters in 2014, Summit County Ambulance Service will be allocated $1.1 million to support operational and capital expenses. The Summit County 911 Center will use Safety First funds to begin the replacement of its computer-aided-dispatch system and dispatch consoles. The new system will position the 911 Center to continue its process of identifying, analyzing and comparing available NextGen 911 systems, which can accept emergency information and calls for help in a variety of ways, including via text message and video.
The Safety First Fund will provide $665,000 for water quality protections in 2016. Of that, $300,000 will be allocated to the restoration of the Swan River, a multi-year project with several partner organizations to rehabilitate riparian habitat that was destroyed by dredge mining during the early 1900s. The Open Space Department will continue the process of prioritizing stream segments throughout the county in need of future cleanup from past mining activity.
To address modern-day water quality threats, Summit County will continue the free collection of household hazardous waste and electronics during landfill operating hours, Monday through Saturday. Pharmaceuticals can be dropped off at no charge at the secure drop-box at the Summit County Justice Center. Summit County residents and property owners will also be able to drop off all three categories of special waste at a collection event in Frisco on May 21.
On the workforce housing front, Summit County has budgeted $200,000 for the master planning process for workforce housing development on the Lake Hill parcel, just northeast of Frisco. The planning process will begin shortly after the County’s $1.75 million purchase of the property from the U.S. Forest Service, expected to take place by early January.
For more information about the 2016 Summit County budget, contact Finance Director Marty Ferris at 970-453-3434, or visit www.summitcountyco.gov/budget.