Members | 2009 Recommendations | Meeting Materials | 2007 Recommendations
The Jefferson County Citizen Budget Review Panel, appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, completed its final recommendations and presented them to the Board of County Commisioners on Aug. 18, 2009.
The panel was originally created in 2007 to provide an independent review and analysis of the county's financial situation from the citizens' perspective, and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. This gave a fresh analysis of county activities and services, and was instrumental in evaluating the business practices the county utilizes to implement its operations. Many of the recommendations of the 2007 panel have been incorporated into the county's budget, helping the county to trim costs while meeting the demand for increased services.
Earlier this year, Commissioners asked the 15-member committee to conduct an independent review of how the county should address more than $277 million in projected construction, equipment and maintenance costs through 2013. The Commissioners accepted the report and the recommendations at the Aug. 18 staff briefings and thank the committee for their thorough review and analysis.
The panel's 2009 recommendations are:
- Not to seek a tax increase for any capital construction projects. All projects can be funded through existing resources.
- To establish a Major Building Capital Reserve Account in the county’s general fund. Commissioners would annually appropriate the amount in the account at their discretion.
- To budget in 2010 for a courtroom remodeling, data center relocation, government facilities consolidation, and an expansion of the Detention and Correction Facilities. These projects would be financed with a total annual appropriation of no more than $5 million and a total payment term of no more than 20 years.
- To consider Certificates of Participation, Build America Bonds or other financing at the best interests of Jefferson County citizens.
- To fund other capital projects either through the Building Maintenance Reserve or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
- To continue to pause or moderate federally or state-mandated programs that put pressure on the county tax base, and use judgment that some projects are necessary without sufficient funding if they are deemed essential to public safety or other economic considerations.
To read the 2009 panel's full report, click here.
Materials from Panel Meetings
May 12, 2009
April 28, 2009
- Countywide CIP Prioritization/Financial Funding Overview
Materials will be presented during the meeting
March 31, 2009
April 14, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 3, 2009
February 17, 2009
The Citizen Budget Review Panel meeting schedule and agenda topics for the 2009 session.
Jefferson County Citizen Budget Review Panel Members
Christopher (C.J.) Conant, Fairmount
C.J. Conant lives in the Fairmount area of Jefferson County with his wife and three boys, the oldest of which will be attending Fairmount Elementary in the fall of 2009. He is an attorney with the law firm Hatch Jacobs LLC, where his practice focuses on transactions and litigation involving real estate, financing and land use. Prior to working for Hatch Jacobs, he acted as deputy county counsel for a number of counties where he advised local governments on funding mechanisms as well as general county operations. He has a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated second in his class from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento.
C.J. currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fairmount Improvement Association where he promotes the interests of the residents who live within the Fairmount neighborhood of unincorporated Jefferson County. He enjoys teaching his sons the joys of cultivating a garden and skiing in the Rockies. He also participates in field hockey in the Denver area and has represented the United States in international competition as a member of the Men’s U.S. National Field Hockey Team.
Marion Joseph (Joe) Dix, Conifer
Joe Dix is the owner and administrator of Cleeton-Dix & Associates, a private consulting firm providing services to the United States government and the defense industry. He created this company following his retirement from the United States Defense Department in January 2007.
Joe served his country for 38 years, with a majority of these years spent with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS). He served in a variety of technical, managerial and executive positions in several military conflicts and locations that included Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guam, England, Scandinavia and southern Europe.
Additionally, after a 20-year career as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), he retired from the Elk Creek Fire Department in January 2005. He took great pride in his structural firefighting abilities although his focus was wildland firefighting and emergency medical services. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Political Relations from the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Katie, have three children and two grandchildren.
Ray Elliott, Lakewood
Ray Elliott is the chief financial officer of Controlled Products System Group, Inc. (CPSG), which distributes access control and security products from 15 branches in ten states. Under his leadership, the company has been restored from severe financial distress into a thriving business. Ray has more than 20 years of management and financial experience. He previously worked for Big O Tires and Arthur Andersen.
Ray is a former member of the Lakewood City Council. He was elected in 1999 and 2003 and has served as mayor pro tem and council president. He was elected to the Foothills Park and Recreation District Board in 1996 and has lived in Jefferson County since 1988. A CPA, Elliott has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bob Jones University, graduating magna cum laude.
Mike Feeley, Lakewood
Former Senator Mike Feeley was a Minority Leader of the Colorado State Senate. During his Senate tenure, he was instrumental in the passage of significant legislation involving telecommunications, tax reform and civil rights.
He is currently a shareholder in the firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. As an attorney, he has tried cases at all levels of state and federal courts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, has a law degree from Denver University and graduated from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program.
Pamela M. Feely, Lakewood
Pamela M. Feely, CPA, has owned Feely & Associates, P.C., in Lakewood for 17 years. She serves on the Jefferson County Business Lobby and the Colorado Democratic Business Coalition. In 2003, she received the West Chamber of Commerce and Easy Chair magazine’s Outstanding Woman of Jefferson County award.
Pam graduated from Leadership Jefferson County in 1994 and has since chaired the alumni association and the 2004 Leadership Jefferson County class. She is currently on the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County Foundation Board of Directors as treasurer and on the Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Jefferson County steering committee. She has received the West Chamber Foundation’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and is a Bighorn Fellow. She also received the 2005 Outstanding CPAs Making a Difference Each Day, Every Day award. In addition to her work with the Chamber, she has served on the West Metro Fire Blue Ribbon Panel.
Pete Jacobson, Evergreen
Pete Jacobson is the managing director of the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, a statewide trade association representing the aggregate industries. Pete has been involved in Colorado elective politics and public policy development since 1978. He was most recently affiliated with Dutko Worldwide, a Washington, D.C.-based government affairs firm where he was the Republican principal in their Denver office. Prior to working as a lobbyist, he spent three years as the state director for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard, where he managed all of the outreach work and day-to-day operations for Senator Allard.
Pete has lived in Evergreen for more than 25 years and values his public service to both Evergreen and Jefferson County. He was elected and served for 12 years on the Evergreen Park and Recreation Board of Directors. He also served on the West Jefferson County Metropolitan District Board of Directors for six years and was a competitive soccer coach more than seven years.
In 1998 the Jefferson County Commissioners asked him to chair the county’s financial Rx Task Force. He served on a similar committee in 2007, which was the first Citizens Budget Review Panel. Pete is in his third year as a member of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountain bike riding, skiing, and back-packing with family and friends in the Colorado back country.
Jason Murphy, Meadow Ranch
Jason Murphy is the general manager of Cherry Creek Country Club and lives in the Meadow Ranch area of unincorporated South Jeffco.
Al Parker, Arvada
Al Parker is a former Mayor of the Town of Castle Rock. During his terms of service from 1995 to 2001, his leadership, vision and collaboration played a significant role in many municipal policies, capital improvement projects, and growth issues. Items included the formation of a full-time paid fire department, new downtown fire and police headquarters, new town hall, recreation center expansion, historic downtown preservation, and revised sign code. He was also instrumental in gaining support, approval and development of the Town's first municipal golf course, Red Hawk Ridge. In addition, he served as Castle Rock’s representative for public policy and strategic planning with DRCOG’s Vision 2020 and Mile High Compact growth policies.
Al chaired the Douglas County Open Space Advisory Committee and Castle View High School Advisory Council. He also served on the Metro Mayors Caucus, Denver Regional Council of Governments, and Castle Rock Economic Development Council.
He is a realtor, broker associate with RE/MAX Professionals residential brokerage company. Al has over 22 years of experience in management, marketing, finance, and consultative real estate sales serving buyers and sellers throughout Jefferson, Denver, Douglas, and Arapahoe counties. He is a certified residential specialist, Graduate Realtor Institute and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He also enjoys spending time with his kids, cycling, playing golf, water and snow skiing.
Bill Schroeder, Willowbrook
Former Colorado State Senator Bill Schroeder served in the Senate 12 years, with eight years as majority caucus chairman. He was chairman of the Finance Committee and vice chair of the Business Affairs Committee. He also served in the United States Navy.
He has lived in unincorporated South Jefferson County for 33 years. A Colorado native, he has served on numerous boards. He is married, has two grown children and one granddaughter. He is the manager of Public Affairs for Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA).
Jacqueline “Jacqué” Scott, Conifer
Owner/publisher of the monthly Mountain Connection newspaper in Evergreen, Conifer and Bailey, Jacqué is an award-winning journalist/publisher who served as president of the Colorado Press Association. As the daughter of a military diplomat she has traveled the world, living in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Germany, settling in Hawaii where she was one of the nation’s early female TV news anchorwomen in the 1970s.
Jacqué and husband, Jesse McKean, returned to Colorado, where they raised their two sons. They now have two grandsons. Jacqué is a fourth-generation Coloradan.
Greg Stevinson, Ken Caryl
Greg Stevinson is president of Denver West Realty, Inc., and an owner of Denver West Office Park, which currently includes two million square feet of developed office space near West Colfax and Indiana Street. Greg also was instrumental in the creation of Colorado Mills, the 1.2 million square foot, 200-store regional shopping center and was named businessperson of the year by the Rocky Mountain News.
Greg has been a member of the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee for 17 years and is currently serving his 10th term as chairman. He also chaired the grass roots volunteer citizen committee called Save Open Space during the 1998 election, which resulted in a successful ballot initiative to finance the accelerated acquisition of open space through revenue bonds.
A former chairman of the board of Craig Hospital, Greg has served on the boards of the Colorado Baseball Stadium District, the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, the West Chamber, Regis High School, Jefferson Economic Council, the Midwest Research Institution, and Colorado Commission on Higher Education and was a founder of the Colorado Business and Innovation Center. He and his family have lived in Jefferson County for 45 years.
Bruce Strand, Genesee
Bruce Strand is a private investor and co-principal of Strategic Business Solutions, a strategic consultancy dedicated to helping business owners and leaders enhance financial, operational and organizational excellence. He also is a board member and secretary / treasurer of the Genesee Water and Sanitation District and serves on the Finance and Vision Committees in Genesee. He and his wife are 23 year residents of Jefferson County.
Bruce recently sold TeamSAI, a Lakewood-based small business, to its employees. TeamSAI provided strategic consulting services to more than 100 aviation-oriented businesses and government agencies over the past 18 years, including engagements in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding TeamSAI, Bruce held a number of financial and operational positions during a 20-year career with United Airlines. His last assignment was as the corporate officer responsible for the Denver and Chicago Hub Airports. He is a former U.S. Army transportation officer and served in Europe and Vietnam.
John Witwer, Evergreen
John Witwer has lived in Evergreen for 30 years. A medical doctor, he practiced medicine, specializing in Radiology, at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center for 23 years. John then served in the Colorado State Legislature, House of Representatives for seven years, serving on the Joint Budget, Appropriations, Finance, Health, and Transportation Committees. He currently teaches at Red Rocks Community College in the Physician Assistant Program.
Karen L. Verdier, Aspen Park
Karen Verdier is a Washingtonian by birth and a Coloradoan by choice. She values Colorado’s simplicity and the complexity of its grandeur – all at the same time. A graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in Environmental Science and an MBA, she worked in the oil and gas industry as a marine seismic analyst and geotechnician for Exxon Exploration Company in the 1980’s. Following the decline of the oil and gas industry in Denver, she began working on the financial side as a loan officer to the industry in Midland, Texas.
After holding financial positions with Esso Exploration in the United Kingdom and Houston, Texas, her family settled in the foothills southwest of Denver. Karen directed a small marketing company for 12 years with clients in Colorado and in Europe, then went to work for the Mountain Resource Center, an education, health and human services nonprofit organization that assists residents in the mountain communities of western Jefferson County, northern Park County and a small portion of Clear Creek County. She is currently the Health Service Director for the Mountain Resource Center, which has the goal of fostering healthy, strong, safe, self-reliant families and communities in a 1,000 square mile service area by working collaboratively with public, private and government to deliver programs and services.
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