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Budgets should reflect priorities; that’s why the Town’s Proposed 2017 Budget emphasizes surface transportation and long-term water infrastructure, as well as public safety.
The $188.5 million budget was introduced to Town Council and the community Aug. 16 and will be heard by Town Council on first and second readings on Sept. 6 and Sept. 20. Public comment is invited at the hearings, which begin at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.
Public comment had also been invited during two open houses regarding the 2017 Budget, which were held in summer 2016.
The Town plans to continue providing high-caliber services in 2017 without any tax increases or new taxes. A $1.26-per-month increase is proposed for residential water bills, along with $3 and $1 increases to 18- and 9-hole green fees, respectively, at the Town’s Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
The budget includes $83.1 million for capital improvements, debt and transfers between funds and $105.3 million for operations. Proposed capital improvements include transportation initiatives totaling $16.1 million and water resources projects totaling $18.2 million. Additionally, a new fire station will be constructed and equipped in Crystal Valley Ranch for $4.76 million.
In addition to progressing toward these three top priorities, the budget emphasizes six additional priorities:• Adopting a balanced budget• Planning and managing for balanced community growth• Creating primary jobs, expanding the tax base and improving the business climate• Providing and maintaining an outstanding parks, recreation, trails and open space system• Maintaining community character, including a vibrant Downtown• Maintaining high-quality Town services
The budget provides for property tax revenue growth of 5.5 percent, as allowed by the Town Charter. This means the Town’s property tax rate for 2017 will be equal to or less than the 2016 rate of 1.474 mills, which totals $35.20 in annual Town property tax on a home valued at $300,000. Adoption of the 2017 property tax mill levy is expected to occur in early December.
The entire budget, a four-page budget in brief and the Town Manager’s budget message all provide additional details and are posted online at CRgov.com/2017Budget.