Council may adopt budget

Several funding requests to be reviewed tonight before decision

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Agenda

4 p.m. Executive, or secret, session to discuss contract negotiation issues.

5 p.m. Agenda reviews; updates from council members and city staff; first reading of ordinance that would amend the Steamboat Springs Revised Municipal Codes to increase public benefit requirements in the city's Planned Unit Development regulations; second reading of an ordinance to adopt the city's 2007 budget.

7 p.m. Public comment; Steamboat Springs Planning Commission report; action on development plan for a proposed, 23,789-square-foot office building at The Industrial Company business park on Elk River Road.

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Contact: Call city offices at 879-2060 for more information.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council could adopt the city's 2007 budget tonight, but not before reviewing several funding requests that are still on the table.

Tonight's council meeting at Centennial Hall could be the final chance for public comment on the massive budget, as the council is scheduled to act on the second, or final, reading of the ordinance that would formally adopt the allocation of city expenditures and revenues in 2007.

Tonight's council agenda also includes the first reading of an ordinance to revise the city's Planned Unit Development codes and increase the public benefit requirements for developers seeking to build a "big box" retail store; a review and possible approval of the development plan for a proposed, 23,789-square-foot office building at The Industrial Company business park on Elk River Road; and a resolution recognizing the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado for its 10 years of commitment to Steamboat citizens.

According to a report prepared by Don Taylor, city director of financial services, several questions remain about next year's budget.

Taylor wrote that the council still wishes to review four as-yet unapproved requests, including $38,000 for an update to Vision 2020, a wide-ranging community plan created by a citizen committee in 1994; $50,000 for terminal expansion in 2007 at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, the same amount the city contributed in 2006; $284,000 for four new city firefighters; and an undetermined amount to fund a community survey.

The proposed 2007 budget currently lists total projected expenditures of $48,233,506, which is about $2.3 million more than projected 2007 total revenues of $45,952,760. But the city will have more than $10 million in reserves at the end of 2006, leading Taylor to tell the council last month that the city has "a sound budget."

A copy of the proposed budget is available for public review at City Hall, 137 10th St.

The council must finalize and adopt the 2007 budget by the end of the year.

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