El Paso County eyes 2020 budget

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Have something to say about how El Paso County spends $385.6 million next year? Show up at the meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 10 at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., when county commissioners are expected to approve the spending plan.

The preliminary budget includes $127.8 million in discretionary revenue that commissioners will spend on core services such as public safety and infrastructure. The balance goes to projects and programs mandated by state and federal law, such as food stamps.

Commissioners said in a release they plan to prioritize “high impact road projects,” but didn’t name them, and funnel $10,000 for “census outreach” but didn’t say how.

The budget includes a small credit to property tax bills, the county's move to refund about $4 million in 2018 excess revenue, as required by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. 

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