Weld County, big, oil-rich, and self-confident, the birthplace of last year’s secession movement, still wants bragging rights over its neighbors, even though voters squelched the 51st state idea. That’s the implication of a research report
commissioned by Weld’s board of commissioners and released last week by the Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s think tank.
Grassroots Government in Colorado: How Does Weld County Compare? is a 95-page study comparing Weld’s economic and fiscal condition, public administration, budgeting, and citizen satisfaction against those of five counties similarly situated – Larimer, Boulder, El Paso, Pueblo, and Mesa. It was initiated under contract with the commissioners last September and completed this March. Read the report.
The client’s performance of its governmental mission “compares very favorably with peer counties on most objective measurements,” Centennial Institute researchers concluded. “And Weld residents subjectively register more satisfaction with life in the county than Coloradans in most other locales.”
Weld County also asked the researchers to “determine the transferability of