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Posted on: January 17, 2022

Commissioner Kraft-Tharp Shares Year-End Reflections and New Year Plans

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It is hard to believe that January 12 marked my one-year anniversary of serving as your newly elected county commissioner. I have truly enjoyed working for you and thankful to all the people that reached out with questions, ideas or to raise concerns, and truly tried to work together to find solutions and make improvements. 

Although we continue to face the many challenges the COVID pandemic has brought into our lives and all the impacts it has had on our county, from our small businesses to county operations, I have witnessed firsthand the resiliency, passion, and generosity our community has for, what I consider, the best county in Colorado.

As many of you know, county commissioners set the county’s policies and budget in addition to serving as a voice for you, Jefferson County constituents, at local, regional, state, and federal levels. Last week the Colorado delegation kicked off the second regular session of the seventy-third General Assembly. More than five hundred bills are introduced each session on a variety of issues and this session will be no different with the usual topics to be at the top of the list - - state budget, health care, transportation, and education. We will continue to monitor the discussions around American Rescue Plan (ARPA) dollars and distribution, transportation funding as well as the many bills sure to be dropped pertaining to criminal justice. No matter the issue, we have an amazing team, who will be watching and analyzing every issue to help us ensure your voice is heard at the Capital.

On a local level, whether it is staff shortages, transportation projects or collaborating with our municipality neighbors on homelessness, we have our work cut out for us in 2022. We have already begun discussions pertaining to our 2023 budget and how we will face these, and many others, in the upcoming years. Over the next several weeks and months, you will have opportunities to learn about our funding challenges, how the county budget works and offer your thoughts on what is important to you and issues we, as commissioners, should place as top priorities during our budget planning process. Learn about the county’s financial realities, including ways to stay engaged.

The learning curve for this career change was steep, but I jumped in with both feet, accessing resources from many professional organizations like Colorado Counties, Inc., other elected offcials, my fellow commissioners and the amazing Jeffco county staff. Thank you to everyone who offered their helping hand and allowed me to ask questions so I may better understand the issue at hand. I look forward to continuing my work to serve you in 2023!

As always, I am anxious to hear what is on your mind, what concerns you have and how I can serve the Jefferson County community, so please reach out anytime via email or call 303-271-8511.
 
Tracy


To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and we invite you to join us for public comment. Click here for details.


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