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Colorado county to spend $9.7 million on capital projects next year

Colorado county to spend $9.7 million on capital projects next year
Colorado county to spend $9.7 million on capital projects next year

Pitkin County, Colorado's new budget for 2013 includes $9.7 million in capital projects, which were presented to county commissioners on Tuesday, October 9, the Aspen Times reports.

According to the media outlet, the budget plan was the culmination of two months of meetings between city officials, who decided that the maintenance and renovation projects will begin as soon as December 19. The proposed budget falls in line with the county's recent trend of allocating millions of dollars to fund capital maintenance projects, which include repairs to county roads, bridges and facilities. The decision to budget for such projects comes after years of deferring the repairs, said County Manager Jon Peacock.

So far in 2012, Pitkin County has spent $5.3 million on road renovation maintenance, $2.1 million on building repairs and $1.2 million on improving the county's information technology infrastructure, Peacock added. The new budget also includes funds that will be used to hire a full-time employee to oversee facilities maintenance projects, and ensure all projects comply with federal standards and are performed in a sustainable way.

According to the news source, the bulk of Tuesday's meeting was spent discussing the county's general fund. Officials said the approximate $30.6 million in estimated expenses include regular county operations, as well as the road and bridge repair capital projects. The funds did not include library, airport or landfill maintenance, as these facilities have their own budgets.

The county also expects a 15 percent jump in overall general-fund revenues in 2013, as well as a 20 percent increase in appropriations, 91 percent of which will come in the form of capital improvements and maintenance projects. A total of $1.4 million will be spent on facilities upkeep. The budget included $6.9 million for road and bridge repairs, $2.6 million of which will be spent on drainage improvements.

When counties and municipalities perform asset and facilities maintenance, they must comply with standards written by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which cover road and bridge renovation and alteration projects.  

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