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970.641.8725

Service Calls - TV System:
970.641.9148

P.O. Box 1369
Gunnison, CO 81230
admin@gcmetrec.com

Financials

The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District is supported by a mil levy on real and personal property and by Conservation Trust (Lottery) Funds. The District shares one half of Conservation Trust Funds received with other local governments as follows: Gunnison County, City of Gunnison, Town of Crested Butte, Town of Mt. Crested Butte, Town of Pitkin.

2019 Proposed Budget/Budget Message

Mil Levy Information

Conservation Trust Fund


2019 Proposed Budget / Budget Message

2019 BUDGET MESSAGE
GUNNISON COUNTY METROPOLITAN RECREATION DISTRICT

DOWNLOAD 2019 BUDGET
Please click the link to download a PDF copy of the 2019 Proposed Budget / Budget Message.

FORMATION
The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District is a Special District of the State of Colorado formed December 21, 1978 under the provisions of Part 8 of Article 1 of Title 32 C. R. S. 1973. The District is supported by a mil levy on real and personal property and by Conservation Trust Funds allocated within District boundaries located within Gunnison and Saguache Counties. The mil levy for the 2019 budget year, subsequent to a temporary tax credit, is .593 mils.

In 2001 two sub-districts were formed within the District: one encompassing the Crested Butte Fire Protection District (Crested Butte Subdistrict) and the other comprised of the remainder of the District (Gunnison Area Subdistrict). 

THE MISSION/SERVICES PROVIDED
The mission of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District is to provide television signals in an efficient manner within the District’s service area and to collaborate with and provide funding for park and recreation departments, authorities or other governmental entities, and non-profit organizations.

BALLOT INITIATIVE
A ballot question put before voters during the November 6, 2018 election, allowing the District to be removed from the revenue and spending constraints imposed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), was successful. This will allow the Met Rec District to collect additional funds during the 2019 and subsequent budget years, providing funds to improve, maintain and expand television services, and for planning and funding new recreational facilities and trails, and/or other lawful District purposes.

RECREATION AND PARKS FUNDING
The Board of Directors will begin a planning process with regard to recreational facilities and trails, including reestablishment of sub-district advisory committees that will be tasked with obtaining public input and identifying recreation projects of importance to the communities.

$119,500 has been included in the 2019 budget for recreation projects, including an award of funds allowing the Met Rec District to partner with Gunnison County on the Shady Island Park project ($30,000) and with the City of Gunnison on the Lazy K Park project ($5,000). Both entities have submitted grant applications to the Great Colorado Outdoor (GOCO) program, indicating the pledged contribution, and including letters of support from the Met Rec District, to facilitate a favorable review of the grant funding applications. Conservation Trust Funds are budgeted to meet those matching fund pledges.

Additionally, fifty percent (50%) of all Conservation Trust (lottery) Funds received by the District are shared with other local governments through an ongoing revenue sharing agreement. The revenue sharing contributions, made directly to the other local governments located within the Met Rec District, support park and recreation facilities available to District constituents.

The local governments that receive annual contributions of Conservation Trust Funds from the District are the City of Gunnison, Gunnison County and the Towns of Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte and Pitkin.

OPERATIONS: TELEVISION TRANSLATOR SYSTEM
Exceptional quality over-the-air digital television signals are easily accessible to constituents on a no fee basis. Passage of the ballot initiative will allow the Met Rec District to improve, maintain and expand the services provided through the digital television translator system and address capital equipment needs. $106,500 has been included in the 2019 budget to facilitate that process.

The system provides a wide array of channel selection including all of the major Denver broadcast networks, Discovery Channel, movie channels, children’s programming, public television channels and local station CBTV. Currently 21 channels are transmitted from the District’s studio facility and re-translated from the W Mountain broadcast facility, the District’s hub, providing service to the greater population centers within the District. Broadcast facilities serving remote areas that experience terrain shielding and therefore cannot receive signals from the District’s hub are served by satellite downlink systems.

An on-air TV guide is available in areas served by the District’s hub, providing viewers real time access to programming schedules. The District is providing the local KBUT community radio broadcast, which includes National Public Radio programming, as the audio for the on-air guide, providing increased access to the KBUT signal.

OPERATIONS: FM Radio
The District supports local, non-profit community radio station KBUT through in-kind contributions and by making space available at several of the District’s broadcast communication facilities. The District also supports Colorado Public Radio by providing them access to the District’s broadcast facility located on W Mountain. Both organizations have been able to improve services to listeners through the ongoing support and in-kind services provided by the District.

MEETINGS
The Board of Directors of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District meets on the third Monday of each month. Meetings are held at the District’s facility located at 710 S 9th Street, Gunnison. The full meeting schedule is posted on the web site, at the District’s facility and the Gunnison County Clerk’s office located at 221 N. Wisconsin Street, Gunnison.

ACCOUNTING
The District uses the modified accrual basis of accounting in which revenues are recognized when they become measurable and available as net current assets. Expenditures are recognized when the related fund liability is incurred. The District is compliant with GASB34 and GASB54 accounting practices.

AVAILABILITY/INQUIRIES
The 2019 budget is available on the web at www.gcmetrec.com or by request.

Questions regarding the 2019 budget may be addressed to the Board of Directors of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District.  

P.O. Box 1369, Gunnison, CO  81230
Phone: 970-641-8725 
Email: admin@gcmetrec.com

Board of Directors
Ian Billick, Treasurer
David Clayton, President
Paul Foreman, Director
Derrick Nehrenberg, Director
Larry Parachini, Director

2019 Final Executed Proposed Budget (PDF)

2019 PROPOSED BUDGET
GUNNISON COUNTY METROPOLITAN RECREATION DISTRICT

GOVERNMENT FUND
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
REVENUE
Property Tax - Gunnison County
$528,108
$301,614
$285,666
Property Tax - Saguache County
$1,653
$685
$683
Specific Own. Tax - Gunnison County
$15,000
$15,000
$19,653
Specific Own. Tax - Saguache County
$100
$100
$119
Property Tax Revenue
$544,861
$317,399
$306,121
 
OTHER INCOME
Interest Income: Gunnison & Saguache Counties
$700
$700
$890
Interest Income: Investment
$800
$800
$922
Multi-User Lease Payments
$2,000
$2,000
$2,000
Miscellaneous Reimbursement/Income
$200
$200
$196
OTHER INCOME
$3,700
$3,700
$4,008
 
TOTAL REVENUE
$548,561
$321,099
$310,129
    
EXPENDITURES
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
Accounting & Audit
$6,500
$6,200
$5,420
Administrative Expense
10,000
$0
$0
Dues & Subscriptions
$650
$600
$524
Elections
$0
$48,000
$36
Insurance - Liability, Property
$6,500
$5,000
$3,944
Legal
$10,000
$10,000
$0
Office, Postage & Advertising
$5,500
$6,000
$5,679
Planning & Development
$2,500
$22,000
$468
Telephone, Internet
$3,000
$2,000
$1,921
Staff Training & Travel
$1,500
$0
$0
Treasurer's Fees
$15,930
$9,500
$8,635
Administrative Expense
$62,080
$109,300
$26,627
 
PAYROLL EXPENSE
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
Wages: District Manager
$49,350
$48,100
$43,533
Wages: Operations Manager
$48,000
$46,800
$0
Wages: Operations Staff
$15,000
$15,000
$0
Wages: Operations, Total
$0
$0
$58,136
Compensated Absences
$0
$0
$8,574
Wages: Board of Directors
$0
$0
$4,458
Payroll Taxes, Insurance
$12,800
$12,600
$12,319
Payroll Expense
$125,150
$122,500
$127,020
 
DISTRICT FACILITY
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
Capital Outlay, Debt Service
$35,000
$33,700
$33,664
Interest, Debt Service
$4,200
$5,500
$5,502
Maintenance, Improvements, & Upgrades
$4,000
$4,000
$4,245
Utilites
$4,200
$4,200
$3,957
Facility Expense
$47,400
$47,400
$47,368
 
Total Administrative Expense
 $234,630
$279,200
$201,015
 
RECREATION
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
Recreation Funding
$84,500
$25,000
$16,800
Recreation Funding Expense
$84,500
$25,000
$16,800
 
OPERATIONS EXPENSE
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
TRANSLATOR SYSTEM EXPENSE
Capital Outlay
$86,000
$0
$0
Contract Labor
$7,500
$7,500
$2,845
Dues
$750
$550
$510
Equipment Rental/Joint Pole Usage
$800
$800
$742
Insurance: Property & Inland Marine
$4,800
$4,500
$4,100
Legal
$3,000
$3,000
$460
Licenses & Permits
$5,000
$7,500
$275
Materials
$15,000
$10,000
$8,917
Site Lease Expense
$15,000
$13,750
$12,275
Subscriber Fees
$22,000
$20,500
$20,476
Tools & Equipment
$1,500
$2,000
$70
Travel & Training
$3,000
$2,500
$4,703
Utilites: Translator Sites
$14,500
$14,000
$13,597
Total Translator System Expense
$178,850
$86,600
$68,970
 
VEHICLE EXPENSE
Operating - Truck
$1,500
$1,500
$1,069
Maintenance - Truck
$5,000
$7,500
$2,229
Operating - Snow Cat / Snow Mobile / ATV
$3,500
$3,500
$8,193
Vehicle Insurance (Truck)
$950
$850
$761
Total Vehicle Expense
$10,950
$13,350
$12,252
 
Total Operations Expense
 $189,800
$99,950
$81,222
 
TOTAL GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES 
$508,930
$404,150
$299,037
 
Excess of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures, General Fund
$39,631
($83,051)
$11,092
 
CONSERVATION TRUST FUND
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
CTF REVENUE
Conservation Trust Fund Proceeds
$76,000
$76,000
$77,600
CONSERVATION TRUST FUND REVENUE
$76,000
$76,000
$77,600
 
CTF EXPENDITURES
Recreation Funding: Capital Projects
$35,000
$1,000
$2,611
Intergovernmental Revenue Sharing
$38,000
$38,000
$38,654
Operations: Materials
$10,000
$15,000
$0
Operations: Capital Outlay
$20,000
$20,000
$20,493
CONSERVATION TRUST FUND EXPENDITURES
$103,000
$74,000
$61,758
 
Excess of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures: Conservation Trust Fund
($27,000)
$2,000
$15,842
 
TOTAL EXPENDITURES
$611,930
$478,150
$360,795
 
Budget Recap - General Fund
General Fund Revenue
$548,561
$321,099
$310,129
Conservation Trust Fund Revenue
$76,000
$76,000
$77,600
General Fund Expenditures
$508,930
$404,150
$299,037
Conservation Trust Fund Expenditures
$103,000
$74,000
$61,758
Excess of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures
$12,631
($81,051)
$26,934
 
NET CHANGE IN FUND BALANCES - GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS
$12,631)
($81,051)
$26,934
Note: Expenditures include amounts capitalized. Governmental funds report capital outlays as expenditures in the year the costs are incurred; however, the government-wide financial statements (contained within the audit) report capital outlays as an addition to capital assets. The cost of capital assets is allocated to depreciation expense over the estimated useful lives of the underlying assets.
 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES-
GOVERNMENT FUND (General & Conservation Trust Funds Combined)
 
PROPOSED
2019
AMENDED 2018
ACTUAL 2017
Anticipated Revenue -
General Fund
$548,561
$321,099
$310,129
Anticipated Revenue - CTF Fund
$76,000
$76,000
$77,600
Total Revenues
$624,561
$397,099
$387,729
Expenditures
$611,930
$478,150
$360,795
Excess of Revenues Over (Under) Expenses
$12,631
($81,051)
$26,934
 
FUND BALANCES, Beginning of Year
$415,129
$496,180
$495,000
FUND BALANCES, End of Year
$427,760
$415,129
$496,180
Net Change in Fund Balances*
$12,631)
($81,051)
$1,180
 
Unassigned
$111,511
$79,004
$162,972
Nonspendable
$18,646
$18,646
$18,646
Committed for Capital Projects
$143,260
$142,960
$142,582
Restricted for Emergencies (TABOR reserve)
$18,736.83
$11,912.97
$11,374
Restricted for Conservation Trust Fund Purposes
$135,606
$162,606
$160,606
TOTAL FUND BALANCE, Governmental Fund
$427,760
$415,129
$496,180

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE
Lease Purchase Agreement

Summary of Debt Obligations

Lease Purchase Agreement
Zions First National Bank
Public Financial Services
#1 South Main, Suite 1700
Salt Lake City UT 84133
Finance purchase of property located at
710 S. 9th Street, Gunnison
District Offices and Operations
Issue Amount $243,000
Annual Debt Service Amount $29,165.94
Total Maximum Payment Liability $291,659.22
Fixed Interest Rate 3.6%
Term 10 Years (2014 – 2024)
Optional Renewal Terms Not Applicable

 

Mil Levy Information

The success of ballot question #7D, put forth to voters during the November 6, 2018 election, has allowed the District to return to the 1.0 mill levy established when the Met Rec District was formed in 1978. The 1.0 mill levy was certified for the 2019 budget year.

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Conservation Trust Fund

The Colorado Constitution, as amended in 1992, states that the net proceeds of the Colorado Lottery are to be used for state and local parks, recreation facilities, open space, environmental education, and wildlife habitat.

The Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) is one of three funds established to accomplish these goals. CTF receives 40% of all net lottery proceeds. The Department of Local Affairs distributes CTF dollars from net Lottery proceeds, based on population, to over 450 eligible local governments: counties, cities, towns, and Title 32 special districts that provide park and recreation services in their service plans. CTF funds are distributed quarterly on a per capita basis.

Funding can be used for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of new conservation sites or for capital improvements or maintenance for recreational purposes on any public site.* New conservation sites are defined in statute as being interests in land and water, acquired after establishment of a conservation trust fund, for park or recreation purposes, for all types of open space, including but not limited to flood plains, green belts, agricultural lands or scenic areas, or for any scientific, historic, scenic, recreation, aesthetic or similar purpose (CRS 29-21-101).
* A public site is defined by the department as a publicly owned site.

www.coloradolottery.com/home.cfm

The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District began receiving Conservation Trust Funds in 1996. Since 2001 the District has shared one half of Conservation Trust Funds received with other local governments: Gunnison County, City of Gunnison, Town of Crested Butte, Town of Mt. Crested Butte, Town of Pitkin. In addition to revenue sharing with other local governments, the District contributes funds for cooperative projects and utilizes CTF monies to maintain and improve the television/FM radio translator system.

Intergovernmental Revenue Sharing 2001 – 2017:

Gunnison - City $231,007
Crested Butte $64,001
Gunnison County $260,484
Mt. Crested Butte $32,321
Pitkin $4,332
Saguache County $406
Total $592,551

Other Projects:

To see a complete list of Community Funding, please visit our Grant Making Page.

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