taxation and budget

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

April sales tax question likely for Durango voters, councilors agree

Durango residents should expect a question on the April ballot to raise sales taxes to pay for streets, although not every city councilor agreed this would be the best option. Durango city...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council split on whether to ask residents for tax increase in April

Durango city councilors flirted Tuesday with the idea of putting a tax question on the April ballot to pay for streets and sidewalks, but no specific decisions were made when it came to solving the...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango parks and rec supporters come out in force

Durango’s Parks and Recreation budget is inflated, some residents say, and that money should be reappropriated to pay for infrastructure improvements the city says it needs. Now, residents who...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moving money among city funds isn’t as easy as some think

City officials say Durango is in a financial pinch. Some residents disagree. The city says it needs to increase taxes to pay for a range of capital projects and services. Some residents say the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County passes $44 million budget for 2019

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners approved a $44 million budget for 2019 that funds a wide variety of services and includes improvement projects. Total revenues coming in – including...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango approves $92 million budget for 2019

The Durango City Council unanimously approved its budget Tuesday, a document filled with cuts to compensate for increasing health care costs. “This budget has been cut to the bone, it looks like to...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tourism official cries foul in city budget process

A lead tourism official says the city of Durango is breaking its own rules to balance its budget, but the city says everything is being done above-board and the way it has been done for years....

DATE: Nov. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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