BY FREDA MIKLIN
At its regular city council meeting on June 3, Greenwood Village City Council received a final report of the city’s financial results for 2018 from Shawn Cordsen, GV’s director of finance and Hinkle & Company, its outside auditor.
The report showed that the city collected $38 million in taxes in 2018, compared to its budgeted amount of $35 million.
During 2018, the city’s general fund balance increased by $4.7 million “primarily due to higher than expected sales tax receipts as well as a 5 percent decrease in planned spending.” GV’s general fund balance was $30.8 million at the beginning of 2018 and $35.6 million at year’s end. It is projected to be $38.9 million at the end of 2019.
As reported in The Villager in November, during discussions at its 2019 budget workshop last fall, Mayor Pro Tem George Lantz and GV City Council Members Dave Bullock, Dave Kerber and Anne Ingebretsen objected to a request from Police Chief Dustin Varney to spend $268,154 to fund the total cost of two additional school resource officers at the Cherry Creek High School campus, including a patrol car, radios, and uniforms for the two officers, despite the increase in calls for service, the police chief reported.
After debating the subject during the 2019 budget workshop, Lantz, Bullock, Ingebretsen, and Kerber stated they were against funding the additional police officers. Only council members Tom Dougherty and Judy Hilton were in favor of Chief Varney’s request. Dougherty’s wife Traci is the assistant principal of Cherry Creek High School and Hilton is a former principal of Eaglecrest High School and Laredo Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District. Council member Steve Moran did not attend the budget workshop. Council member Jerry Presley was present but did not say anything during the discussion about Chief Varney’s request. Thus, the informal vote on the question was two in favor and four against. When the 2019 budget was adopted last fall, the $268,154 for the two officers and equipment to support them had been removed.
There was talk at city hall that the request might be reconsidered at a later date, but halfway through 2019, no additional funds for school resource officers have been added to GV’s 2019 budget. Other additional spending has been approved.
In April, city council voted for $450,000 in unbudgeted new spending to cover a shortfall in the estimated cost to build two new public restrooms at Castlewood Park on Holly Street and Orchard Drive and the High Line Canal trail parking lot on Orchard Road near Jackson Street.
City council also approved new spending of $1.6 million to buy back the 3.57 acres of land adjacent to the RTD Arapahoe Station Park-N-Ride where the failed Westin Greenwood Village Hotel was to have been built.
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