Met Rec schedules special meeting for Friday to set mill levy

Budgets and mill levy on the agenda

By Mark Reaman

The regularly scheduled December meeting of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District has been canceled and a special meeting scheduled.

The Met Rec board of directors will gather in a “special meeting” on Friday, December 7 at 8 a.m. with the primary agenda items to approve the revised 2018 budget; approve the proposed 2019 budget; and approve the district mill levy that will go up after voters approved a “de-Brucing” of the district last November.

Approving the new mill levy was in doubt last week when board members could not find a date that worked for everyone. An admittedly dysfunctional board meeting held two weeks ago also put the idea of a December meeting in doubt. The mill levy has to be set by the board by mid-December.

Board chair Dave Clayton said the meeting would focus on “the financial pieces that have time constraints. So far I know of four members attending so we have a quorum. Setting the 2019 rate at one mill is the direction we gave staff at the last meeting, so I expect no resistance. The plan was to add some additional funds to administration and then split the remaining funds between recreation projects and adding to capital replacement reserves. One of the next items will be to develop and approve a Capital Replacement Plan for keeping TV funded and operating.”

Clayton said the district’s lawyer has not been asked to attend the December 7 meeting but Clayton has been communication with him to “try to clear the confusion on what’s legal and/or proper for Special District operations.”

District administrator Lori Patin said the meeting is not expected to take a lot of time and no other discussion items are anticipated.

The special meeting will take place at the district facility at 710 S. Ninth Street in Gunnison.

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