taxation and budget

Durango crafts wording for tax increase proposal on November ballot

Durango city councilors began crafting the wording for a potential tax-increase question on the November ballot. At a work session Tuesday, councilors suggested general wording be refined to be as...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County commissioners revise, broaden tax plan

Montezuma County commissioners are considering asking voters for a 1 percent sales tax in November to offset budget shortfalls from the local oil and gas market and dropping residential tax...

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

Cortez hosts Colorado Wildlife commission, wildlife managers

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday wrestled with a mysterious local decline in elk calf populations, announced a campaign to find new funding sources, and voted to keep hunting...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marijuana taxes aren’t a silver bullet for school funding

Tax revenue generated by legal recreational marijuana is nice to have for some noneducational building costs, but it’s not going to turn around the tight school funding situation in Colorado any...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico Elementary School to shut down as enrollment falls

The Dolores County school board has decided to close Rico Elementary School by June due to a lack of students. It will not reopen for fall 2018. In a letter to Rico residents, Bruce Hanson,...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rally demands more funding for education

More than 100 supporters streamed into Buckley Park on Friday afternoon to rally for increased education funding in Colorado. Mark Walser, a music teacher at three Durango schools , exhorted...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango asks residents for priorities ahead of budget shortfall

Durango city officials want to know what residents value and what items could be cut from the city’s budget ahead of a projected shortfall in 2020. An intense schedule of meetings and surveys to...

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

GOP tax bill lines up a potential $300 million bump for Colorado’s budget

There are winners and losers in the GOP tax bill, and a lot of the coverage has focused on what it means for businesses and individuals, but state and local governments have a lot at stake too. The...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Montezuma County faces $1 million budget deficit, cutbacks

In the face of a $1 million budget deficit for 2018, Montezuma County has implemented a hiring freeze and will not give raises. In addition, the county commission voted 3-0 to reverse their earlier...

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

City of Durango plans to leave transit service for residents with disabilities untouched

Several Durango residents were pleased to learn Wednesday night that door-to-door city bus service for those with disabilities will be preserved. “I couldn’t do anything without the opportunity...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cuts to Durango Transit expected in April

Durango Transit’s operating budget needs to be slashed by a third, and as a result, cuts to bus service are expected in April. “It’s an overhaul to the system,” said Assistant City Manager Amber...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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