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County Manager Harry Burgess
County mulls budget options as Triad takes reins

Los Alamos County officials are hoping for the best but have already started preparing for the worst where the tax status of new Los Alamos National Laboratory management group Triad National Security, LLC, is concerned.

Triad, after a four-month transition period, will take over full management and operational responsibility of LANL on Nov. 1.

In the meantime, the county is still awaiting word on whether or not Triad will manage as a for-profit or not-for-profit entity, which will have a direct impact on the Los Alamos County budget following the transition period.

Wednesday night, the county council met in special session to begin discussions on what, if any, items could be cut out of the budget in the event of a not-for-profit filing. The discussion contained a lot of speculation since the county has not yet received a solid indication of the tax status.

“We initially thought we would have more information by this date because it was after the notice to proceed was to be issued,” said County Manager Harry Burgess. “We’d been told we would received that information once the notice had been issued and that’s what we were banking on when we scheduled this meeting.”