Durango, CO: Council has adopted the city's 2024 budget, with the budget totaling $114 million in anticipated revenues, and approximately $101 million in proposed capital expenditures.
Council held a 2:00 p.m. study session and its regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. meeting at council chambers, 949 East Second Ave.
At the study session council :
- Received an informational update on the city’s Fair Share Program. Durango’s Fair Share Ordinance, adopted in 2009 and codified in the City’s Land Use Development Code, requires 16% of all new homeownership units developed in the City of Durango to be affordable to the local workforce. Inclusionary policies, like Durango’s Fair Share program, are meant to ensure that new development is producing at least some units in a price-range affordable to residents who are low to moderate income. Updates include standardizing financial incentives and creating new zoning incentives.
At the regular meeting council :
- Received a recap of city accomplishments that took place in 2023. Some of the major projects highlighted include The building swap between the former 9-R School District Administration Building and River City Hall with the Durango Fire Protection District, and the late night curb-to-curb transit service DuranGo! Microtransit. "It's really great to see an end of the year review of what we have accomplished," said Mayor Melissa Youssef. "It's just incredible."
- Adopted the 2024 budget with a four to one vote. Councilor Olivier Bosmans voted against approve the budget. The Budget includes approximately $114 million in anticipated revenues, and approximately $101 million in proposed capital expenditures. Some major capital projects coming up in 2024 include continuing to work with the Durango Mesa Park Foundation on the development of infrastructure and a bike park at Durango Mesa Park, the development of the 2.6-mile trail SMART 160 that will connect Three Springs to the Animas River Trail system, and City Civic Center funding. The public is welcome to review the adopted budget through the City of Durango’s financial transparency tool Opengov.
- Voted to adopt the 2023 Multimodal Transportation Plan. The plan is focused on alignment with the Federal Highway Administration’s framework for an action plan and the Safe System Approach. The Safe System Approach recognizes that humans make mistakes, and that the transportation system should be designed with redundancies to keep everyone safe.
- Approved the 2024 contract with Visit Durango for $2.1 million. The city of Durango contracts with Visit Durango to provide sustainable tourism marketing services and to manage the Welcome Center at 802 Main Ave. Funds for this contract are generated by the city’s lodgers’ tax collection, which is a levy on hotel rooms in city limits.
- Approved an ordinance regarding a license agreement for Tesla to install and operate eight electric vehicle fast charging stations in the Durango Transit Center Parking lot.
- Set a date for a public hearing to discuss names for the new road right of way that’s part of the Downtown Fire Station and Powerhouse Minor Subdivision Preliminary Plan. The subdivision includes dedication of road right of way to the city, which needs to be named. Council will take formal action on the road naming Jan. 2. The city's Planning Commission has recommended "West 12th St."
- Voted to discuss a resolution that reprimands City Councilor Bosmans for acting in a manner unbecoming of a councilor and bringing disrepute to the Durango City Council at a future meeting. The resolution seeks to offer a letter of apology from councilors to the city manager and staff following Bosmans’ actions at the Nov. 7 council meeting.
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