taxation and budget

Sales tax increase to take effect July 1 in Durango

Weekly grocery trips, nights out on the town and that occasional splurge will become a bit more expensive come July 1 when the city of Durango imposes its voter-approved half-cent sales tax...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County won’t pursue tax increase in 2019 election

La Plata County will not ask voters for a tax increase in the 2019 election after a recent survey found insufficient community support. Instead, county commissioners Tuesday directed staff to...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Poll answers whether residents will support a tax increase in November

A survey of La Plata County residents found that voter approval for any tax increase in 2019 is a long shot, despite projections that county services – such as the Road and Bridge Department, the...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County wants to know: Will voters support a tax increase?

Will La Plata County residents support a property tax increase to help the county’s declining operating budget? That’s the question that will be posed next month to some county residents in a poll...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis says funds identified for full-day kindergarten

State Rep. Barbara McLachlan predicted state funding for full-day kindergarten, one of her main legislative goals, will become a reality during the current session of the Colorado General Assembly....

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidates raise, spend money leading up to April election

Money can mean a lot to a political campaign – it buys campaign materials and advertisements and often offers insight to how much support candidates have. But local elections are a bit different,...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango sales tax supporters out-raise opponents

A political committee formed to support a proposed tax increase has raised more than double the amount of money collected by a group that opposes it, according to campaign finance reports. Durango...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City snow removal adds up – in dollars and pounds

The city of Durango has spent more than half a million dollars and thousands of hours in the past two months clearing city streets of snow that, in February, almost reached record-breaking...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sales-tax collections are up, so why does Durango need more money?

Durango sales-tax collections have steadily increased every year since 2010. But those gains haven’t kept pace with expenditures. The city says it has run out of money for street rebuilds and...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

John Simpson led fight against Durango’s proposed tax increase

John Simpson wants local government to be boring again – ironic for someone so infatuated with city finances. He has spent countless hours poring over city budgets, navigating the complex documents...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango voters to decide tax question in April

Durango voters will be asked in April to approve a half-cent sales tax to pay for street infrastructure. The Durango City Council approved ballot language 4-1 on Tuesday to put a question on the...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Budget buster: Durango’s snow-removal bills are piling up

The city of Durango may run out of money to remove loads of snow from downtown streets if the snow keeps piling up like it has been, city staff said this week. Available funds for snow removal are...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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