Increased capital spending planned in Grand Junction budget that’s lower overall

Bill Pitts

The City of Grand Junction will increase spending in 2013 for a variety of capital projects and a slightly larger staff under a budget that’s still lower overall.

The Grand Junction City Council approved a $145.8 budget for 2013, more than $8 million less than the budget for 2012.

Mayor Bill Pitts said the council spent more than nine months in meeting and deliberating with city staff to develop the budget. “Much time went into assessing requests and needs,” Pitts said. “It is not an easy process, but it was a thorough process. I am proud of our staff and management. This is a very well-done budget.”

The overall 2013 budget comes in at about 5 percent less than 2012 and retains an $18 million balance in the general fund.

Increased capital spending is planned, nonetheless, and earmarked for a variety of projects, including:

  • Completion of remodeling projects for a fire department station and administrative facility.
  • Improvements to the swimming pool at Lincoln Park as well as redevelopment of the park.
  • Renovation work at the Avalon Theater in downtown Grand Junction.
  • Additional street overlays.
  • Water and sewer line improvements.
  • Infrastructure for two new truck stops near 22 Road.

City staffing will increase by 13 under the 2013 budget, although staffing will remain down 69 positions from 2009.