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Budget 101 with Sheriff Alderden
Posted By Gary Wamsley On August 1, 2010 @ 8:43 pm In Community News,County Agency News,County/State/Federal,News | Comments Disabled
Larimer County Sheriff, Jim Alderden, presented “Sheriff’s Budget 101” to an interested audience on Friday evening. Alderden was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who showed up. Last year’s attendance was three he said, this year two dozen people showed up including department employees and of course the five candidates for the Sheriff’s job. In last week’s Bulls-eye the sheriff said, “It has been painfully obvious from listening to the campaign rhetoric that most of the candidates running for the Office of Sheriff have no idea about how the budget works.” Read all his comments here: Sheriff talks budget 
The Sheriff explained that the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (L.C.S.O.) has divested all non-mandated services.
The Statutory mandates of the Office of Sheriff are:
He also pointed out that Colorado Statutes make the Sheriff personally liable for any expenses beyond his appropriation from the county.
The county commissioners have already mandated a reduction in the Sheriff’s budget and with the US Marshal not using the jail, the reduction is $558,000. He outlined steps already taken to reduce costs:
The 2011 budget of $39,485,682 will be a 1% reduction in Law Enforcement Services, Operation of the Jail and Emergency Services, with a 3% reduction in Civil Services. Of this amount, $29,962,114 comes from the county general fund, $5,600,000 from the Jail Sales Tax and $3,923,568 from services, fees and some traffic fines.
If amendments 60 and 61, and proposition 101 are approved by voters in November, the cuts will increase five fold as nearly $1.8 million will need to be cut.
For reference on these proposals:
Coloradans for Responsible Reform
Say NO 
On the law enforcement side, Alderden said that county residents want to know that a deputy will come when they call 911. Reduced budget means reduced services.
No mention was made at this meeting about the “jail sales tax” which will drop from 0.2 percent to 0.15 percent in 2012 and disappear entirely in 2015. The next sheriff will be facing a large reduction when the tax sunsets.
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URLs in this post:
 Sheriff talks budget: http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/2010/07/22/the-sheriff-talks-budget/
 Image: http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/2010/08/01/budget-101-with-sheriff-alderden/sheriff-alderden/
 Say NO: http://www.donthurtcolorado.com/
 Even conservatives shun 3 controversial ballot measures: http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2010/07/25/even-conservatives-shun-3-controversial-ballot-measures/12358/?source=ARK_spot
 Sheriff outlines woes of Prop 101 at meeting where Tancredo speaks: http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2010/07/30/sheriff-outlines-woes-of-prop-101-at-meeting-where-tancredo-speaks/12684/
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