County OKs tentative budget

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The Superior Court building in Camp Verde is 50 percent completed and expected to be done in October.

VVN/Steve Ayers<br> The Superior Court building in Camp Verde is 50 percent completed and expected to be done in October.

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a $77.8 million General Fund tentative budget for fiscal year 2009-10, which is 5 percent less than the previous year.

The board also voted to move forward on some construction projects, and approved spending about $32,000 for new design plans for the Williamson Valley Road widening projects.

A tentative budget establishes a "ceiling" on the fiscal year, County Administrator Julie Ayers explained.

"Between the tentative adoption and final adoption the budget could stay the same or it could be reduced, but it cannot increase," she told the board.

The General Fund is the county's operating budget, similar to a family checking account. The jail district tentative budget is about $16 million, which is nearly 5 percent less than the previous year.

Supervisors voted to move forward on three capital improvement projects. The board told Capital Improvement Coordinator Jim Holst to write Request for Qualifications and prepare to advertise bids for architects to draw plans for the existing Camp Verde Courthouse, office buildings and warehouse on Commerce Drive, and a morgue.

• Camp Verde Superior Courthouse: The new courthouse should be complete in October and the board wants contractors ready to remodel the old courthouse. The $11.7 million project is 50 percent finished.

• Commerce Drive complex: The $7.1 million project involves relocating the sheriff's vehicle impound yard to a new yard in Prescott Valley, and redesigning the site's layout to include office buildings for Development Services, Library District, Management Information Systems Department, Public Fiduciary and Facilities. Rockwell Engineers have finished 30 percent of the site plan.

• County Morgue: County officials have wanted a new morgue for several years. District 1 Supervisor Carol Springer told Holst to advertise for an architect with "morgue experience" for the estimated $1.5 million project.

Holst explained progress on projects already started.

Those projects include a $2.5 million roundabout on Prescott Lakes Parkway, which will be the main entrance to the new juvenile detention center. Architects will show county officials Thursday their design plans for the $18.5 million juvenile detention center.

The sheriff's new impound yard and evidence storage complex should be finished in October or November, Holst said. Work at the Commerce Drive site depends on the Sheriff's Office vacating to the new $1.7 million complex in Prescott Valley.

Discussion between supervisors and Sheriff Steve Waugh about remodeling the former jail, 255 E. Gurley St., in Prescott, and a proposed new parking deck attached to the building, ended when the board tabled the discussion until Aug. 4.

With little discussion and no public comment, the board approved Public Works Director Phil Bourdon's request to modify the county's contract with Kimley Horn and Associates for design changes on the Williamson Valley Road widening project.

For the north portion of the Williamson Valley Road project, which goes from Pioneer Parkway to Outer Loop Road, the board approved $28,182 for KHA to add 5,857 feet of retaining walls into the original design plans.

For the south project, which goes from Shadow Valley Ranch Road to Pioneer Parkway, the City of Prescott partnered with the county. However, Bourdon said that Prescott backed out of its share and KHA is charging $3,726 to redraw its designs.

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