Mesa County Rolls Out New Outcomes-based Budget Plan

Improving how the government does business is the goal as Mesa County rolls out its new budget strategy. Beginning with the 2007 budget Mesa County will have a different system for creating its yearly fiscal plan, one they hope will prove more fiscally responsible to tax payers.

Most state and local governments determine their projected expenditures based on what was spent the previous year. Mesa County is currently considering changing its strategy to an outcomes-based model, funneling money to those departments that have the best results in the community. Then the Board of County Commissioners have the final say.

Department heads are currently preparing their requests for the 2006 budget, which will be presented to the county commissioners in late October. The budget will not reflect the new outcomes-based model.

Mesa County's 2005 budget totaled $139 million. There are 23 departments within the county government, employing about 900.

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