District Attorney wants more taxpayer funding for budget

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 27, 2017) Third Judicial District Attorney Henry Solano wants taxpayers in both Huerfano and Las Animas counties to pay more sales tax – with the revenue earmarked for the District Attorney’s office.

Solano came to the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting Tuesday to ask the BOCC to notify the County Clerk’s office that there may be a ballot issue for this November’s ballot. The deadline for the notification that something will be on the ballot is this Friday, there is still time to determine exactly what the ballot issue will ask.

“The basis for this request is to find a revenue stream for the needs of the office,” Solano said. The BOCC approved a motion to notify the clerk of an upcoming ballot issue. Huerfano and Las Animas counties both increased their budgets for the District Attorney office. Huerfano County is providing $30,000 more in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to County Administrator John Galusha.

“The money would be used in Huerfano County,” Solano said.

Galusha admitted the county will probably have to go to voters for a tax increase to fund the proposed Judicial Center. “We may be in a tough spot if the voters approve an increase for the DA and we have come back to them again next year (for the Judicial Center),” Galusha said.

The BOCC and Solano will be meeting again to determine the details for the ballot question for this November.