Budgets and budgeting

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

WASHINGTON – Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.” The...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

La Plata County’s draft budget aims to ‘live within our means’

La Plata County’s proposed 2018 budget is a tale of “living within our means,” officials said, as the county adapts to a steady decline in revenues from the oil and gas industry. The most striking...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango sewer rates may rise, water rates could stabilize

After three years of steep utility rate increases for Durango residents, their average bill might level off next year. The Durango City Council was weighing 3 percent increases to water and sewer...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango projects no sales tax growth in 2018

Streets, sidewalks and city buildings won’t see many improvements next year because of recent erratic sales tax collections. Annual sales tax collections increased 6.6 percent in 2015 and 1.9...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield petition to keep motor vehicle office open goes to La Plata County Commission

A petition signed by more than 1,600 people was presented to the La Plata County Commission on Tuesday morning – it asks to keep the county clerk’s motor vehicle registration office open in...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Municipal event to focus on long-term needs

A new police station, better storm drainage, upgraded sidewalks and many other construction projects are all needed in the city, but paying for them is challenging. There are an estimated $210...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New law allows counties to consider retail marijuana sales tax

La Plata County may have a new way to address its budget woes: a tax hike on marijuana. House Bill 1203, which was approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado budget increases funding for education

DENVER – Colorado’s $28.3 billion state budget – which increases funding for K-12 and higher education – cleared the formality of a committee hearing Tuesday. Senate Bill 254, the so-called Long...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump’s budget to push conservative ideals

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans’ ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

County mulls replacing blueprints with digital docs for land-use permits

By transitioning to an electronic system to submit land-use applications, the La Plata County planning department expects to save the county about $30,000 each year, as well as potentially hundreds...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sets goal to save $1 million in 2017

Facing a $7 million budget deficit, La Plata County departments set a financial goal for 2017: come up with $1 million in savings. Last fall, county departments began brainstorming ways to operate...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire seeks impact fee on new development

The Durango Fire Protection District is proposing an impact fee on new development to help pay for capital-improvement projects associated with a growing community. The proposed fee would cost...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News