Council Tentatively Approves County Manager Budget

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess during the presentation on his office budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $17.8 million budget for the Los Alamos County Manager’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, they tentatively approved several budget add-ons:

  • $744,777 in the general fund and $423,710 from various funds outside the general fund for the County employee salary plan maintenance
  • $542,000 for economic development programs
  • $190,400 for a Total Compensation Market Study
  • $8,147 for tuition reimbursement
  • $615,000 for Progress through Partnering
  • $10,500 for public relations’ operations
  • $225,800 for phase one implementation of the Wayfinding Plan
  • $500,000 for land purchase

County Manager Harry Burgess highlighted several points within his office’s budget:

  • Continue Progress Through Partnering funding to improve intergovernmental relations in the region Franchisee training to increase the number of Los Alamos citizens that may open a business in the County
  • FY19 Lodgers Tax projects 8 percent increase over FY18, and an additional 6 percent for FY20
  • Redesign of visitor website –Lodgers’ Tax Fund14
  • Update Visitor Centers with more interactive and experiential displays –Lodgers’ Tax Fund
  • Employee turnover increased during FY19, anticipating that proposed budget will allow for a reduction of this statistic
  • Establish wellness program to enhance employees’ health while promoting a mechanism to reduce overall costs to both employees and County
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