2019 Budget

2019 Adopted Budget

 Read the 2019 Adopted Budget

The 2019 Adopted Budget represents the County’s overall financial plan for the fiscal year beginning January 1,2019. This budget has been prepared in compliance with all applicable Colorado State Statutes, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the County’s own budgetary and financial policies.

La Plata County’s 2019 budget has been developed collaboratively working with County staff members, department heads, and elected officials. The budget is in compliance with the Colorado Budget Law, C.R.S. § 29-1-103, and is a balanced budget as defined by the Colorado Budget Law: Expenditures are no more than available revenues and beginning fund balance by each respective county fund.

In February 2018, the BOCC held a retreat to establish organizational goals for 2019. The county manager then shared these goals with the county leadership team, comprising elected officials and department heads, with the intent that these priorities would drive and influence departmental budgeting decisions and resource allocations for 2019.

The Board of County Commissioners’ goals for 2019 are to:

1. Develop a long-term plan for financial sustainability of La Plata County and engage citizens in understanding and supporting this effort

2. Complete the update to the land use code (carry over from 2017) with policies in mind that will enhance the county’s other priorities (i.e., economic development, broadband, roads, housing, water, staff efficiencies)

3. Address short-term financial challenges

4. Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness by cultivating a culture of innovation

5. Continue to focus on the future of the airport

6. Develop and improve water quality and availability throughout the county

7. Continue to advance the Multi-event Center project (and fairgrounds relocation)

8. Promote and encourage economic development through policymaking, advocacy and strategic partnerships to enable beneficial business growth and promote a healthy, diverse and vibrant local economy

9. Promote public and environmental health through improved water quality/quantity, air quality and prevention/mitigation

10. Continue to strategically implement the 2012 facilities master plan

11. Partner with the City of Durango to identify resources for the homeless residents in La Plata County

12. Provide leadership and advocate for La Plata County residents at the federal, tribal, state and local levels on matters of importance and county interest and concern

Past Budgets

2018 Budget
2017 Budget
2016 Budget
2015 Budget 
Older Budgets

2020 Budget Preparation

2020 Proposed Budget

- The 2020 Proposed Budget was presented to the BOCC at the regular business meeting on October 8th, 2019.
- The BOCC will be taking public input on the Proposed Budget at a meeting to be held on October 22nd, 2019 at 1101 E. 2nd Ave at 5.30pm.

Public Service Agency Funding Process

Public service agencies seeking County funding for services should fill out and return a Public Service Agency Funding Request form.  Please see the attached letter regarding 2020 funding to public service agencies. Requests for funding from the 2020 budget are due July 26, 2019.  Please contact Josh Davidson in Finance with questions (970-382-6320 or josh.davidson@co.laplata.co.us.)
Public Service Agency Funding