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County Council Tentatively Approves Proposed Community Services Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 3:58pm


Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presents his proposed budget to Los Alamos County Council during its budget hearing Monday night in Council Chambers. Council tentatively approved the department's $12,714,679 budget and several budget options including $20,000 for 100 columbarium units at Guaje Pines Cemetery, $65,000 for park maintenance projects, $52,000 for RV hookup at Main Gate Park with the caveat that only conduits will be installed under the asphalt, $13,500 for the Buzz Bus services during the summer concert series, $11,000 for the Buzz Bus services during SummerFest, $15,000 for staffing the White Rock Senior Center, $10,000 for signage materials for the trail project, ​$20,000 to pay for casual and temporary staffing at the golf course, $14,820 for additional staff hours at the Nature Center and $7,500 for marketing expenses for the County's DWI program. Council also approved Councilor Chris Chandler's request for $18,000 for landscaping the island at 36th Street and Arizona Avenue and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary's request to include $80,000 as a placeholder for a public health nurse. A few budget options did not make the cut. Council agreed with Councilor Pete Sheehey's recommendation to not approve $20,000 for new collections in the library system and $17,664 was not approved to promote a position at the Cooperative Extension Office. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/