The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) offers an enterprise zone designation to support local economic improvements that result in job creation/retention. Colorado taxpayers may earn a 25 percent state income tax credit by contributing to targeted efforts.
As a qualifying nonprofit, Delta County Memorial Hospital is pursuing the enterprise zone designation for projects to improve patient access. Jan McCracken, clinics director, appeared at the Delta City Council meeting June 6 to request a letter of support for the hospital's application.
According to McCracken, the hospital hopes the 25 percent tax credit will encourage private contributions to help pay for system improvements.
Projects that could be funded partially by private contributions include the clinics in the North Fork Valley and the oncology/rheumatology clinics, which are outgrowing the space they occupy on the hospital campus. The emergency room and Urgent Care clinic are also at capacity.
Region 10 is the local Enterprise Zone administrator and the letter of support was addressed to executive director Michelle Haynes.
City manager David Torgler noted Delta County Memorial Hospital is the largest employer in the county, and one of the top rated rural hospitals in the U.S. In addition, he said, it is important to have quality health care to attract businesses and employees to Delta County.
"Hopefully the tax credit will create additional contributor interest in hospital-related projects," he noted in the letter of support approved by council members.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.