Mesa County budget prioritizes core services

Rose Pugliese

An increased Mesa County budget for 2020 will prioritize core government services, officials say.

“The 2020 adopted budget is a reflection of the priorities we have heard from our community and our staff, which also aligns with Mesa County’s strategic plan and our board’s priorities,” said Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

The commissioners approved a total 2020 budget of more than $188 million, an 8.8 percent increase over the 2019 adopted budget. The general fund budget tops $65 million, a 7.2 percent increase over 2019.

The 2020 budget earmarks $38.1 million for capital projects with $26.5 million for public works that include road infrastructure and improvements, $3.1 million for facilities, $2.7 million for information technology, nearly $1.9 million for regional transportation and more than $1.6 million for the county fleet.

Another $669,000 was earmarked in the budget for economic development.

Pugliese said the commissioners continue to focus on merit-based employee compensation. “We are grateful for all the great employees we have, and we value how hard they work to serve our community.”

More information on the 2020 Mesa County budget is available online at www.mesacounty.us/finance/budgets/2020/.