Jefferson County 2018 Budget
October 17, 2017 @ 6:30 PM MDT
Jefferson County held this access live event to discuss both the budget process with participants, as well as get feedback and comments from residents. County Commissioners Libby Szabo (District 1), Casey Tighe (District 2) and Donald Rosier (District 3) hosted the call to answer questions and provide participants with updates. The County would like to have more civic engagement to help inform its budget development process and asked for input on the best way to engage citizens. Commissioner Szabo noted the county’s revenue is limited by TABOR, the Tax Payers’ Bill of Rights, meaning while average property valuations increased by 23%, tax payments only went up by a 3% increase not by 23%. This is because TABOR limits how much the county can collect (grow) each year. One way the county is addressing budget issues is by implementing an initiative called Resilient Jeffco that will allow it to proactively respond to a downturn in the economy or a natural disaster like a fire or a flood.