While running a personal errand recently, three shiny ice machines and a Muzak audio system at the county’s new Citizens Service Center caught the attention of local conservative radio talk show host Jeff Crank.
When Crank found out from county officials that the commercial/industrial icemakers in break rooms near the Clerk and Recorder’s Office and the Assessor’s Office cost $3,495 apiece, for a total of $10,500, he balked.
“I thought it was an inappropriate use of funds,” he said. “There will be some people who say, ‘Who cares? It’s only $10,500.’ But how many taxpayers does it take to pay that?”
He also wonders why the Clerk and Recorder’s Office needed a $16,333 Muzak audio system for customer paging and background music. The 39-month contract carries a monthly service fee of $132 or $1,581 per year.
Crank, who is also the state director of a nonpartisan watchdog group Americans for Prosperity Colorado, will discuss the issues on his radio show, which airs 6-10 a.m. Saturday on KVOR, 740 AM .
Crank said he invited all five county commissioners, as well as the clerk and recorder and assessor, to be guests, but said he isn’t sure if any will take him up on the request. He did hear from Commissioner Chairwoman Amy Lathen, who sent him an email, saying the board of commissioners does not have any say over how other elected county officials, such as the clerk and recorder, and assessor, spend money for their offices.
The county recently moved six departments into the Citizens Service Center, a former Intel building at 1675 W. Garden of theGods Road, to consolidate operations and get rid of four aging county buildings.