Glenwood Springs City Council adopted the 2024 budget at the Nov. 2 City Council meeting. The 2024 budget has 18 separate general fund departments and 24 different funds. The total appropriation is $104,240,757, down from $109,207,880 in the 2023 budget, mostly due to several large projects being completed in 2023 and an effort to restore reserves in 2024 - particularly in the enterprise funds.
From the general fund, roughly 40% goes to public safety (police and fire), 20% goes to the parks and streets departments, and the remaining 40% funds the equipment, personnel and expenses for the community center, art and recreation programs, municipal court, administration, city clerk, information technology, human resources, legal, facilities, community development, building, and engineering departments.
Highlights of the 2024 budget include:
- Infrastructure, streets and utility improvement projects:
- 6th Street ($3.4 million)
- Water and wastewater projects ($3.5 million) including Pump Station #2 replacement ($1.75 million)
- Blake Ave. between 27th and 24th Street ($2.5 million)
- Devereux Bridge ($750,000)
- Street maintenance and repair ($600,000)
- Electric upgrade projects (565,000)
- 9th and Cooper Parking garage repairs ($300,000)
- Complete broadband build-out ($300,000)
- Continued investment in public safety: 40% of the general fund goes to the police ($5.6 million) and fire ($4.4 million) departments
- $1.8 million in Parks and Recreation capital projects including tree planting, maintenance and education ($200,000) and Gregory Park playground replacement ($100,000)
- Support for valuable community programs including additional funding for mental health in schools ($260,000) and the Frontier Historical Museum ($120,000)
The 2024 budget runs from January to December 2024 and considers market expectations over the 10-year horizon with a conservative economic outlook for 2024. City leaders were able to balance the 2024 budget while maintaining strong reserves across all funds. The budget is available on the city’s website at cogs.us.