On January 9th, Lake County's Board of County Commissioners approved the 2024 budget for Lake County Government.
The approved 2024 Budget - and a narrative Budget Book - may be found on the Finance section of our website.
Lake County Government exists to provide public services that enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors. The 2024 budget reflects the costs of these services. Within the Budget Book, each elected office and department contributes a page that describes their core services for the community, current challenges, and the goals they have crafted to create opportunities.
Elected officials and their staff aim to efficiently fulfill statutory duties related to:
• Responsible government oversight, policy-development, and regional strategic planning - led by our Board of County Commissioners;
• Public Safety – guided by our Sheriff;
• Retention of public records, motor vehicle licensing, and administration of elections – fulfilled by our Clerk & Recorder;
• Assessment of properties contributing to our public tax base – calculated by our Assessor;
• And, accurate and transparent collection and recording of tax dollars and public revenue streams – served by our Treasurer.
County departments fulfill additional duties related to:
• Maintenance of shared community assets (parks, recreation facilities, County offices, roads, and landfill) - by Public Works;
• Enhancements to public safety - through the Office of Emergency Management, and collaborations with the regional Fire Department, Animal Shelter, and Search and Rescue;
• Fair and inclusive permitting and inspections related to the development of our built environment - through Community Planning and Development;
• Preservation and development of affordable housing - by the Housing Department.
• Basic community health services available to the community through public assistance programs and health programs - administered by the Human Services, and Public Health and Environment Departments;
• Social, educational and recreation offerings created and operated by Parks Recreation and Open Space, Library, Tourism, Colorado State University Extension, Airport, Veteran’s Services, and the Senior Center;
• Optimal operations of the organization as a whole - overseen by the County Manager, County Attorney, Finance Department, Human Resources Department, and their respective staffs.
Additionally, the BOCC provided direction in the fall for the 2024 Budget to include allocations and thoughtful investment toward key priorities of affordable housing, asset management, community justice, and economic development. These initiatives are interdepartmental, meaning, multiple County departments collaborate with each other, and community partners and stakeholders, to make progress to meet these overarching community needs.
Visit Finance to review the 2024 Budget and Budget Book