Mesa County Putting Up Big Dollars To Fight Meth Problem

Battling the methamphetamine problem in Mesa County is one of the priorities included in the 2006 Mesa County budget presented at Monday's meeting of the county commissioners. Next year's budget will increase less than 3% from this year. Highlights of the 2005 budget include $505,000 to create a residential meth treatment program.

Threre will also be $5.4 million allocated over the next two years to build a new community corrections facility and remodel an existing property for a meth treatment facility. Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock says meth is starting to have a negative economic impact on Mesa County.

Other budget items include $2.1 million to build and maintain Long Memorial Family Park and $1.4 million to create and administer 18 vote center around the county.

Although the budget proposal is higher than last year, expected revenues are expected to be about 5.4% above 2005.

Commissioners will meet with department heads to discuss their budgets over the next two months. A decision on whether to adopt the proposed budget will be made by December 15th.

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