Crawford seeks support for mill levy increase

By Tamie Meck

The Town of Crawford is hoping that voters will support a mill levy increase on the general election ballot.

Residents are being asked to consider a five-mill increase to their property taxes. To help inform voters and property owners of how that will affect their property taxes, Delta County assessor Debbie Griffith gave a presentation at the town's Oct. 5 work session. Griffith explained how the mill levy works and provided information on how Crawford's property taxes are spent.

Mayor Wanda Gofforth said the increase is necessary due to losses in revenue from mineral and severance taxes.

Crawford's current mill levy of 2.420 mills is the lowest in Delta County. The increase would bring the mills up to previous levels, which were gradually reduced due to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, said Gofforth. The money will be used "to keep the town running."

A spreadsheet showing each property that will be affected by the increase and how much individual property taxes will increase is available for review at Town Hall during regular business hours.

Ballots were mailed out last week and are due at the Delta County Courthouse by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. "We would appreciate your vote," said Gofforth. She invited citizens to contact the town with questions.

Trustees were also asked to consider a resolution "setting forth the process and criteria for a citizen to request to address council." The resolution sets guidelines for the placing of items on the council's agenda by citizens and will be considered for approval at the Nov. 2 council meeting.