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The Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will begin its 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 9 regular meeting with a 2023 Year in Review from Chair Keith Baker, followed by the board’s election of the commissioner Chair and Vice-Chair.

Image courtesy of the Chaffee County Clerk’s Office.

Only two contracts are on the agenda for approval: the first is the 2024 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding between the county and the State of Colorado. The BoCC will then review a resolution and agreement with the Chaffee County Community Fund and the Chaffee County Early Childhood Council for the 2024 lodging tax reallocation.

The regular agenda begins with approval of the Office of Emergency Management 2024 Emergency Operation Plan, and a public hearing to consider a Multi-Year Special Event Permit Application for the Bonfire Bluegrass music festival at The Meadows in Buena Vista. Until now, Bonfire Entertainment has asked for only one-year permits for this popular music event, with CEO Scotty Stoughton saying last year “Before we ask for a multi-year permit, I want to make sure we have this just right.”

The BoCC will follow this with a public hearing on the adoption of the county’s proposed 2024 budget, followed by funding and appropriations resolutions:

  • Approve Resolution 2024-05 Summarizing Expenditures and Revenues for Each Fund and Adopting a Budget for the County of Chaffee, State of Colorado, for the Calendar Year Beginning on the First Day of January 2024 and Ending on the Last Day of December 2024.
  • Approve Resolution 2024-06 Levying General Property Taxes for the Year 2023 to Help Defray the Costs of Government for the County of Chaffee, State of Colorado, for the 2024 Budget Year.
  • Approve Resolution 2024-07 Appropriating the Sums of Money to the Various Funds and Spending Agencies in the amounts and for the purposes as set forth below, for the County of Chaffee, State of Colorado, for the 2024 Budget Year.

The BoCC will also conduct the annual commissioner review and approval for the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) Changes, and finish their session with a reorganization of committee appointments.

A regular agenda item,  a request for acceptance of a major subdivision application during a temporary moratorium in consideration of resolutions 2022-41 and 2022-74, by applicant Joe Cooper, was again continued at the requests of the applicant.  (The topic was continued from June 20, 2023, July 11, 2023, and from September 5, 2023, and from November 7, 2023).

Among several items on the consent agenda was the BoCC’s decision to sign on to the Colorado Counties Inc. Letter of Opposition to City and County of Denver’s Proposed Legislation to Ban Slaughterhouses. (The issue has been raised by that metro-area county specifically to limit the historic activities surrounding the National Western Stock Show. Rural counties and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, have fought the legislation).