Elbert County submitted a draft budget. to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on October 14, 2021. This was the first step in the approval phase of the budget process that started in earnest back in June. Next, a BOCC study session, open to the public, took place on October 28. The final budget meeting will be a public hearing on November 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the BOCC meeting room of the Elbert County Courthouse (215 Comanche Street, Kiowa),
and residents are encouraged to attend. The budget is expected to receive final approval by the BOCC on December 21. Per Colorado state law, the County must submit its approved budget to the state in January 2022.
The annual budget sets spending priorities for the County. It is an important policy document that provides a comprehensive look into how taxpayer dollars are planned and spent on projects and services for the community.
The budget and finances of Elbert County are strong. We expect to continue, and in some instances enhance, current services to the community. This year’s budget adds 3.5 employees, for a total of 195 employees across all County departments. 2022 expenses will focus on improving our citizens’ online services and capabilities, primarily in the planning and building departments.
As we look ahead to the future of Elbert County, we are planning now for long-term stability and success. This includes capital improvements to our aging buildings, strengthening our reserves and following the priorities outlined in our multi-year Strategic Plan. A draft of the County’s 2022 budget can be found online at www.elbertcounty-co.gov/2022budget.