Dec 11, 2013 7:51 PM

Pueblo County approves 165-million dollar budget

Pueblo County Commissioners approved a 165-million dollar budget for 2014.

The finalized version comes with a cost. The county will reduce its staff by 4.5%, 47 people. They'll do it through attrition by waiting for workers to resign or retire.

County leaders need the savings to pay for added costs of the new judicial building.

"The previous administration of Pueblo County did not plan to open the building, and maybe that's because it was two or more years out. It would have helped this budget had they put monies aside to open the building," said Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen.

County Commissioner Terry Hart says the average turnover rate is above 5%.

"We know we need to tighten up the screws a little bit and have a tighter system that allows us to capture and control that natural attrition savings a little bit better," said Hart.

Commissioners did not vote on the opening costs for the new judicial building. They'll wait to do that until the sheriff hires deputies to staff the building.



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