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County struggles to salvage 2012 budget
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Posted on November 10 2011, 12:16am by Mark Esper in Local News category
The Town of Silverton is blanketed in snow on Sunday, Nov. 6. Melanie Bergolc photo
 
 
 
Voters' rejection of proposed millage levy blows a hole in spending plan.
 
 
San Juan County officials are scrambling to fill a hole in their 2012 budget in the wake of voters’ rejection of a proposed 1 mil property tax levy to fund purchases of emergency equipment.
At a budget hearing Wednesday, Nov. 9, County Administrator Willy Tookey said he managed to find a couple thousand dollars to put into the county’s escrow account to purchase equipment for the fire department and the Silverton Ambulance Service, whose costs are shared with the Town of Silverton.
“But that’s greatly reduced from what we used to put in there,” Tookey said. “It’s not adequate by any means, but I felt it was important that we at least make an effort to earmark something.”
With property values dropping some 20 percent in the last reassessment, the county anticipates a $200,000 decline in property tax revenue in 2012. Similarly, the town expects to take in $70,000 less in property taxes.
 

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