Moffat County budget process criticized for a lack of transparency

Craig Press: A long and wearying budget season came to a close for Moffat County officials on Tuesday with passage of the final 2018 budget.

The budget was met with concern and consternation by several attendees at Tuesday’s meeting of the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners, mostly regarding transparency. Some felt there wasn’t ample opportunity to review additional cuts and adjustments — totaling $400,000 — that were made since the preliminary budget was presented in October. All told, the county cut $1.7 million from general fund expenditures in 2018.

Commissioners approved the final budget, nonetheless, stating later in a news release that they followed statutory requirements to provide public notice.

Though county officials did manage to avoid major layoffs, the cuts do impact some personnel, while most departments are already feeling squeezed by staff reductions through attrition and hiring freezes during the past year.

Following are some of the additional cuts made since October, according to Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis.

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