The Town of Paonia will benefit from an unexpected increase in annual sales tax revenues.
Based on fiscal year 2017 annualized year-end budget numbers, the town estimates an increase of 6.9 percent in local sales tax revenue.
Paonia voters will be asked to consider a sales tax increase next April. At the Dec. 12 board meeting, trustees approved language for "Ballot Question #1," a proposed 1 percent increase in local sales taxes. If approved by voters, revenue would go to the town's general fund.
After learning that Paonia will receive unexpectedly high 2017 sales tax revenues, town trustees found themselves somewhat in disagreement about what to do with the windfall.
In the end, you might say, The Grinch and Santa Claus found a way to compromise.
The City of Delta is finalizing a budget for 2018 that maintains current services without any rate increases for water, trash, sewer or electrical service. But to keep the budget balanced, the city will have to dip into reserves.
The amount Paonia trustees must cut from the 2018 draft budget increased from $83,000 to $165,800 during last week's budget meeting. The deficit increase resulted from trustees' decisions to eliminate a proposed impact fee on enterprise funds and to restrict $40,000 in Samuel Wade Bridge reserve funds to bridge repairs.
After voters rejected the Town of Cedaredge's proposal for a 1/2 cent increase in sales tax just over a year ago, officials are once again discussing a bid to hike the sales tax.
In a report to trustees on March 16, town staff noted efforts under way at "organizing for a second attempt at sales tax increase."
Dennis Phillips is fed up with the portrayal of Devil's Thumb Golf Club as the "black sheep of the community." He shared strong thoughts on the subject at two consecutive Delta City Council meetings.
He began by referring to comments made by city council candidates "posturing to condemn the golf course even before elected."
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