Council Tentatively Approves Community Services Department’s Proposed $11.8 Million FY2017 Budget

Community Services Department Director Charlie Kalgeros-Chattan breaks down her department’s proposed budget during this evening’s council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentatively approve the Community Services Department’s proposed $11,883,895 FY2017 budget.

The Community Services Department (CSD) includes Library; Parks, Recreation and Open Space; and Social Services Divisions, and certain cultural services contracts with outside agencies such as the Arts Center, the Arts Council, and the Historical Society.

The Library Division manages the Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library, providing information, educational, recreational and research services, including acquisition and circulation of library materials, both print and electronic; answering reference questions; offering public Internet access; and presenting youth and adult programs and art exhibits.

The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division is the steward of all County parks, trails, open space public landscapes, Guaje Pines Cemetery, public grounds and athletic facilities. PROS provides recreation programs, sponsors activities, initiates and plans projects and provides reservations for County facilities; sponsors activities such as the Fair and Rodeo; and develops, coordinates, and implements special events.

Facilities include an Aquatic Center, a golf course and an outdoor rink used for ice skating in the winter and day camp programs in the summer. Duties also include turf maintenance, design and development of new facilities and renovation of old facilities, horse stables, general horticulture, arboriculture and response to snow and ice removal.

The Community Services Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community through cultural and social services, recreational and informational opportunities, and park lands and open spaces.