The Brighton City Council adopted the 2017 budget by an 8-0 vote at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, approving $100,524,640 in all the operating, capital, utility (water, wastewater, and storm drainage) funds and non-major funds. Council Member Rex Bell was not present at the meeting.
The theme of the 2017 budget, which runs from January to December 2017, is “A City Embracing Positive Transition.” The budget will focus on sustainability, inclusivity, embracing change, and strengthening the City’s quality of life, as well as placing emphasis on the Council’s visioning priorities for the future.
The adopted budget includes an approximate $26 million increase from the 2016 adopted budget of $74.5 million. The increase in the overall 2017 adopted budget results primarily from a $19.2 million increase in capital projects planned within the Water Fund. The largest projects include South Platte Reservoir upgrades, storage tank upgrades and construction of a water treatment plant.
The City Council was able to balance the 2017 budget without any tax increases while maintaining the required City reserve fund of 25 percent. The City Council also approved a 6.650 property tax mill levy for 2016 property taxes collected in 2017. This mill levy has remained the same since 2003.
The 2017 budget and past budgets can be found at www.brightonco.gov/budget.