The Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2022 Adams County budget at public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The 2022 budget is set at $659,207,432, which is an increase from 2021.
“Thanks to the rapid residential and business growth in Adams County, we are able to expand upon our ambitious plans for improving residents’ quality of life by our staff’s hard work throughout the year on the budget process,” said County Manager Raymond H. Gonzales. “We are still factoring in the effects of COVID-19 and long-term recovery efforts, and we are excited to move forward on several key projects in 2022.”
When setting its priorities for the 2022 budget, the Board of County Commissioners used five main criteria: education and economic prosperity, a high-performing and fiscally sustainable government, quality of life, safe and reliable infrastructure, and community enrichment.
Some specific projects and costs in the 2022 budget include:
- $11.7 million in increased allocations in several areas to help our most vulnerable residents, including but not limited to homelessness programs and a scholarship program for deserving students.
- $18.4 million in new and ongoing road and bridge projects.
- $4.3 million in new and replacement fleet needs throughout the county, including public safety and highway equipment.
- $36.2 million in facility projects, including continuing construction on the Fleet and Public Works building.
- $6.3 million in Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts projects, including acquisitions to enhance an already robust system.
“We begin the planning process of the following year’s budget almost as soon as we adopt this one,” said Eva J. Henry, Board of County Commissioners Chair. “Allocating our taxpayer dollars is one of the most important tasks we as a board carry out every year, and we always ensure we put in the time and work to craft a thoughtful and fiscally responsible budget.”
Based on these board priorities, the Budget & Finance Department, headed by Director Nancy Duncan, worked with Gonzales and his staff to plan and prepare the proposed 2022 budget with input from all elected officials and department directors. The 2022 adopted budget is available for review at adcogov.org/budget.
The mission of the Budget & Finance Department is to develop a financial plan ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of county residents. Adams County is committed to adopting a budget that facilitates the orderly and efficient delivery of county government services, as directed by the Local Government Budget Law of Colorado, other governmental mandates, policy directives developed by the Board of County Commissioners, and resident feedback.