A change in property assessment procedures mandated by the state will not have the big impact on county government revenue that had been feared.
County assessor Debbie Grifffith reported to the county commissioners Monday that the assessment rate on residential property next year will drop from 7.65 percent to 7.2 percent. The change to Colorado Constitution requirements will decrease county revenues from property tax by about $99,000, Griffith said.
It had been feared that a projected drop in the assessment rate to the 6 to 6.5 percent range would hit county government with a $500,000 revenue shortfall. Other property tax funded entities would have also been affected.
Griffith said the decrease in assessment rate will not mean a lower property tax bill for all homeowners. That is because some property values have increased enough to offset the lower assessment rate.
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.