Jefferson County has a reputation as a wonderful place to live, visit, and conduct business. However, the quality services the county provides to residents and local businesses come at a cost. Taxpayer dollars allow the county to deliver vital services but continued increasing demand for services has created a significant financial challenge.
As we’ve been discussing with our community over the last year, the county had to make budget cuts within the General Fund to balance the county’s 2020 budget. These cuts totaled $16.1 million and affect essential public services such as public safety, roads and more. There are more tough decisions ahead. More cuts will need to be made in 2021 within the General Fund and the county is investigating all areas for opportunities for efficiencies, reductions or eliminations. We will continue to work to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community and those things only government can do.
Select from the tiles below to find out more of what you want to know about the Jefferson County budget and to let us know what is services and programs matter most to you. This page will be updated throughout the year and budget cycle, so continue to check back for new information.
Before you dive into the specifics, it might be helpful to learn more about some of the basics of the county’s budget or how your property taxes are calculated by watching these informational videos.
We have been – and we will continue to – work together with our community, elected officials and county staff – to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community. We’re also listening closely to our community. We want to know what services and programs matter most to you. What are your budget priorities? We’re facing tough choices ahead and we want to work through them together.
You can also always reach out to your county commissioner – find your commissioner’s contact information on the Board of County Commissioner’s website.