County asks for details

Board of commissioners want to know GRAMNET funds spent


The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday asked for a detailed update on GRAMNET's budget.

County commissioners will approve their budgeted contribution to the Grand, Routt and Moffat County Narcotics Enforcement Team today. They already budgeted for the $10,600 contribution, which comes from the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

At their Monday meeting with officials from GRAMNET and the Sheriff's Office, county commissioners requested more details about GRAMNET's overall budget.

County Commissioner Doug Monger said he would like to see the bigger picture of who contributes to GRAMNET's funding and how those contributions are spent.

"We're facing tighter money all the time ... and somehow we have to justify in our minds the value of this program to the community," Monger said.

The need for the county's contribution to GRAMNET has to be compared with needs from other agencies, such as early childhood education, he said. The overall goal is to spend county funds the best way possible.

A GRAMNET official could make a presentation about the agency's budget in the coming month, Sheriff John Warner said.

Monger has concerns about current participants pulling out of the partnership. If that happens, it might not be efficient for the county to stay involved, he said.

Warner said that the town of Oak Creek has not contributed for a few years, but that the other entities are committed. Rumors that Moffat County might pull out are not true, he said.

In addition to Routt County's contribution, Warner said the Moffat County Sheriff's Office has contributed $10,600, the Craig Police Department has contributed about $15,000, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department has contributed about $12,500 this year.

Also contributing are: the Moffat County District Attorney's Office with $1,000, the Routt County District Attorney's Office with $1,600, the Hayden Police Department with $500, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with $500.

"There are three sheriffs and three chiefs of police in Northwest Colorado that agree that the drug problem is going to take a multi-jurisdictional approach to address," Warner said. "I think (GRAMNET) is a shining example of all the agencies, except for one ... being at the table, working together on a team approach for the enforcement of narcotics and illegal drugs."

Kim Gardner, financial manager for GRAMNET, said the agency has made considerable cuts to deal with decreased funding because it no longer receives much funding from assets and forfeitures.

The 2004 to 2005 budget is about $333,000, but GRAMNET won't be able to use that much because it won't have enough of a cash match, Gardner said. The previous year's budget was about $74,000 more, she said.


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