On Jan. 10, I spoke at the Town of Orchard City's regular meeting. "I respectfully ask our trustees to pull, in its entirety, the marijuana tax ballot question, Resolution 2018-02 because a complete cost analysis of this 'enterprise' has not been provided. I am not convinced that it would provide the cash flow our town is seeking to pay its bills, fund its improvements or stash into an emergency fund."
Trustee Huerkamp speaks of great revenue streams from licensing and fees, not only the taxes to be collected. There hasn't been mention of the cost associated with this venture. Sales tax and property tax increases will also be on the ballot. Are more taxes on our citizens the answer or should we charge the trustees with looking at our expenses and cutting them, as my friend Dave stated that night. We are a small town with limited financial resources. Perhaps we should "live within our means."
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.