Garfield County tightens belt to balance budget

Oct 5, 2017

Credit Garfield County

Garfield County just released its projected budget for 2018; it’s been described as “very fiscally conservative.”

Property taxes in Garfield County are expected to be flat in 2018. This is after they declined for several years as oil and gas companies peeled back their operations.

The county nonetheless expects to have a balanced budget. Officials will need to dip into reserves to cover $17 million in costs, which will drop reserves to around $100 million, the lowest the county has been since 2009.  

Public hearings on the 2018 proposed budget take place Oct. 17 and Oct. 31. The county commissioners will adopt a final budget in November.