Boulder County Adopts $ 549.8 Million Budget for 2022 – Snapshot and Highlights Corrected


While a large portion of the 2022 budget focuses on ongoing program and operating spending, some notable highlights include an increased focus on legal public safety requirements.in response to legislative mandates and an increased need for services.


Boulder County, Colorado.
– Boulder County Commissioners have adopted a budget of $ 549.8 million for 2022.

At a public meeting on December 9, Budget Manager Aaron Pratt and the County Commissioners Council gave an overview of key issues and decisions reflected in the adopted budget. (Their comments will be available on the county video archive under the Commissioners Meetings tab, Budget Meeting at 3 p.m. on 12/9/21). Copies of budget resolutions are posted on the budget web page.

By state law, the County Commissioners Council must approve an annual budget by December 15 for the following calendar year. Budgets for current and past years can be viewed online at: boco.org/Budget.

Council statements

“A significant portion of the budget is what we have done to accelerate our work on forest health and forest fire mitigation after last year’s record high at Calwood Fire,” said Commissioner Matt Jones. “We have added a new Fireshed Coordinator to help accelerate the scale and pace of forest health work to deal with today’s fierce fires and to collaborate with our many partners – watershed groups, community services. local fire, city water services, United States and State Forest Services, scientists and many more. We also reinforced the staff for the Wildfire Partners Home Fire Mitigation Program, added a worker to the Parks and Open Space Forest Mitigation Team, and continued to support the Response Team and sheriff’s office fire mitigation.

“We have adopted a budget that gives our people the resources, both personnel and equipment, to perform the complex and difficult tasks that we need them to do. From open space to climate action, social services to public works and more, county employees keep Boulder County residents safe and help them live with dignity no matter their circumstances or their circumstances. challenges. I am happy that we were able to fund additional positions to reduce the workload, launch new services for the public and offer a package of compensation and benefits that shows how much we value our staff. Commissioner Claire Lévy

“Our budget for 2022 is well aligned with our strategic priorities and shows how Boulder County responds to community and protects our natural environment through a wide range of important day-to-day services and programs,” said Marta Loachamin, vice-president. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boulder. Commissioners. “After more than 18 months of a global pandemic, it was even more important to put employees first by including total compensation and benefits to support the staff who serve the residents of Boulder County. “



Revenue Highlights for Budget 2022

  • Budget 2022 includes a temporary mill levy credit – or a decrease in the total allowable tax rate for the Boulder County portion of property taxes – of 0.515 thousandths for a total of 24,250 thousandths in 2022. (* see Explanation below of the 5.5% property tax revenue limit to which Boulder County is subject.) Property tax revenue budgeted for the 2022 budget is estimated at $ 226.3 million.
  • Sales and use tax revenues, which are limited to spending explicitly approved by Boulder County voters, are estimated at $ 79.6 million for 2022. This estimated 5% increase over the actual forecast for 2021 (six months of actual data from January to July) is attributed to a better-than-expected economic response from consumers after the lifting of stay-at-home orders and steady increases in revenue generated by a previously approved federal law that requires sellers to distance to pay taxes to the county.
  • Boulder County property tax collection accounts for approximately 26.5% of a homeowner’s average total property tax bill. Other tax entities that collect property tax revenues include (from 2021 data): school districts (54%), towns and villages (11.2%), and “other” fire, fire and fire districts. water and specials (8.3%).


Overview and Highlights

While a large portion of Budget 2022 focuses on ongoing program and operating spending for Boulder County, the following are notable additions:

  • After maintaining the staff increases in 2021, an additional 30 new permanent FTEs were added to the 2022 budget. During the 2022 budget process, the county commissioners council wanted to resolve the staffing and workload issues encountered. by several county departments and offices due to the increased need for community services. As such, the priority positions presented by elected officials, the county administrator and other offices were included in the adopted budget. The salary and benefits package for county employees includes a fully funded 1.8% fork movement, market adjustments to salaries in certain job classifications, and a 2.9% funded merit pool.
  • The budget adopted for 2022 includes funding for the construction portion of the Boulder County Alternative Sentencing Facility in the amount of $ 21.1 million. This funding is available from voter-approved revenues through the extension and reallocation of an existing 0.185% sales and use tax with the limited purpose of funding this construction by 2024.
  • In addition to funding for the Alternative Sentencing Facility, the capital construction budget contains $ 930,000 for prison wardrobes for all detention facilities to comply with the House Bill 21-1211, $ 3.3 million to renovate and modernize the current prison kitchen, and $ 9.1 million for the continued construction of the Southeast County HUB (located in Lafayette, CO).
  • Capital expenditure appropriations include $ 909,000 in funding for the purchase and implementation of the Sheriff’s Body Camera Program to comply with the House bill. 21-1250.
  • Set aside $ 1 million for Boulder Rifle Club upgrades to ensure the US Forest Service closes 70,000 acres of land to dangerous sport shooting.
  • Budget 2022 includes approximately $ 400,000 in financial resources to create a Racial Equity Office (ORE) in the Boulder County County Administrator’s Office. This is an extension of work that aligns with the strategic priorities of the Boulder County Equity and Justice Government and will begin with the hiring of an Executive Director in early 2022 to guide critical work. internal review of policies, procedures and programming across local government. organization.


* 5.5% Limit of property tax revenue

The statutoryLimit of property tax revenue to “5.5%”, also known as the “Annual Levies Act” (Section 29-1-301, et seq., CRS), applies to statutory local governments that levy property taxes, including Boulder County. The “5.5%” limit limits the amount of property tax revenue that can be collected each year, meaning Boulder County will establish a property tax that will take no more than a 5.5% increase in property taxes. general operating conditions over the past year. .


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