By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT), before a packed house (by budget meeting standards) of two private citizens, approved the 2013 Town budget in fifteen minutes with nary a peep from those present. Lyons resident Mike Whipp, who is never at a loss for words when discussing the Town financial situation while enjoying a cup of coffee at a local caffeine dispensary, was oddly silent as Mayor
Julie Van Domelen opened and closed the public hearings on the four resolutions concerning the budget with two lightning fast raps of her mighty gavel. That’s eight raps of the gavel for those of you at home who are keeping score.
And so it went as the Trustees approved the projected revenues and expenditures of approximately 1.2 million dollars in the General Fund, and about .4 million dollars in the Parks & Rec. Fund. The other Enterprise Funds (Water, Electric, and Sewer) are theoretically like a business, the rates that users pay offset the cost of delivering the product, with hopefully a little left over to build up a surplus to cover the cost of annual capital improvements. The Trustees and Staff have been working diligently over the past several years trying to cut spending for operations, so as to not eat into any of the surpluses that have been accrued. With the exception of the Electric Fund (where the rates will be going up after the new year) they’ve been reasonably successful. Maybe that’s why no one comes to these budget meeting. Or maybe its because they have their budget workshops and meetings on Monday nights during football season.
Be that as it may, the 2013 budget was approved in short order, and well within the Boulder County and State of Colorado imposed deadlines. The Trustees can now get down to the mundane work at their Monday, December 17 meeting of deciding whether or not to impose a proposed temporary moratorium on the retail sale of “recreational” marijuana within the Town of Lyons, while at the same time wrestling with the rules and regulations, specific to Lyons, for the sale of said substance, when it becomes legal to do so at the state level. And you thought this was all going to go away when Lyons voted not to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in April. Well, maybe there’ll be a few people at that meeting; after all, does anyone really want to watch the Jets play the Titans if Tebow isn’t playing?