Each fall, Lake County Government drafts a budget for the following year. The public is encouraged to review draft budget materials and make comment to help inform the Board of County Commissioners about community priorities. The 2024 draft budget and budget message shall be released to the public this Friday, October 13th. Review and public comment may occur through December 15, 2023. The BOCC shall adopt a 2024 budget on (or before) December 15, 2023.
2024 BUDGET REVIEW TIMELINE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Draft Budget Released
October 13, 2023
At 9:00 a.m. the BOCC will hold a special meeting / budget hearing that the public may attend in person or via Zoom. The public may also view the budget online, and a paper copy will be available at the Clerk and Recorder Office in the County Courthouse.
Public Comment Period
October 13 – December 15, 2023
Members of the public may comment on the budget online. They may reach out by phone or email to the County Manager, The Commissioners, or they may give up to 3 minutes of public comment at the beginning of Regular BOCC Meetings, which occur on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Citizens wishing to speak are requested to send a message in the chat over the zoom meeting, use the raise hand feature in Zoom, or raise their hand in person. The Chair will call on the public in order. Comment is limited to three (3) minutes, not including time used for Commissioner questions.
Work Sessions to Learn More
October 13 – December 15, 2023
The public may also attend BOCC Work Sessions to hear deep dives on budget topics. Work Sessions occur on the second and fourth Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Thursday at 9:00 a.m. The public can attend in person or via zoom to listen and may then provide public comment at a subsequent Regular Meeting. Work Sessions do not include time for Public Comment.
October 19, 2023, Lake County Capital Projects Work Session:
At this Work Session, GSG Architecture will present building plans and estimated costs to renovate the current Courthouse to accommodate a contemporary Court, Jail and Law Enforcement Offices, so that we may evaluate this as a possible option to fulfill the County’s statutory duty to provide these services. The Community Justice Center Project Manager - Dynamic Project Management – along with Reilly Johnson Architects, and FCI Constructors, Inc, will present cost estimates for the proposed new community justice center. The BOCC will then discuss and compare the merits, disadvantages, and costs of renovation verses building a new contemporary justice center on a current vacant site owned by the County. The BOCC will also hear proposals for economic development and extension of infrastructure utilities out to the Leadville Lake County Airport.
October 23, 24, 26, 27, 2023
The BOCC will consider each department’s budget during a series of Work Sessions, which will include requests for contributions to Lake County organizations
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2024 Budget adopted by the BOCC
On or before December 15, 2023