GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — 2020 has been a tough year… one for the books– to say the least. Hopefully, 2021 will look differently. But Mesa County officials say the county’s 2021 proposed budget is ready to take on the possible lasting impact of the pandemic in the community.
“Obviously it has been a very hard year with the pandemic going on… we are going to continue to support getting through the pandemic, specifically the health department… but many others like the workforce center… sheriff… and others. In many cases we have had to make sure we have a backup workforce ready… so if a group tests positive and needs to stay home, we can still provide service. You can imagine if we lost all our snow plowers, that would be a disaster,” says Mesa County Administrator, Peter M. Baier.
The total proposed county budget is just more than 190 million dollars. This represents an increase of 1.3 percent, or 2 million, over the 2020 adopted budget.
The proposed budget is one of the many steps in the annual budget process.
The final budget is scheduled to be reviewed and adopted before December 15th.