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La Plata County sets cost-saving goals for 2017

A combination of factors including reduced residential property taxes and an oil and gas bust has spelled trouble for La Plata County in 2017, and commissioners say they will meet the challenge...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property taxes give fire districts money headaches

Fire chiefs in La Plata County are preparing for reduced funding next year as a result of the Gallagher Amendment, which is expected to lower property taxes across Colorado. The four fire districts...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School Board sets increased mill levy

Ignacio School District’s assessed valuation for 2017 is down almost 40 percent because of the downturn in the oil and gas industry, Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto told the board this week. So the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A quick Medicare overhaul worries GOP senators

Republicans have called for major Medicare changes for years, but now that they may be in a position to push something through, some party leaders are wary of sparking a fight over a popular...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

State approves Durango separation from San Juan BOCES

The Colorado Department of Education approved Durango School District 9-R’s request to separate from the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services on Monday. The separation allows...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County faces 10 percent budget cut

As the oil and carbon dioxide markets fizzle, so does the 2017 Montezuma County budget. During a budget workshop this week, county administrator Melissa Brunner reported that department budgets...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot Issue 3B: Bayfield seeks tax hike to build schools

At the tail end of the November ballot, voters living within the boundaries of the Bayfield School District will find Ballot Issue 3B, asking permission to issue bonds worth $27.6 million. A “Yes”...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R requests $1.7 million mill levy override

At the end of a long ballot for the Nov. 8 election, voters residing within Durango School District 9-R’s boundaries will be asked to approve a tax increase for the district. A “Yes” vote will give...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New public art not funded in 2017 budget

The city may not buy new public art in 2017. In the proposed budget presented Friday, no money is proposed for new professional art pieces, Assistant to the City Manager Sherri Dugdale said. ...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport tax hike gets Bayfield OK

Bayfield town trustees narrowly approved a resolution Tuesday evening supporting the property tax ballot question to build a new terminal at the Durango-La Plata County Airport . The vote was 4-3...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

November ballot comes with a price tag

What matters perhaps the most to voters when considering a ballot initiative at the polls is how that measure would affect their wallets. This year, La Plata County, the city of Durango and two...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s utility bills set to jump

Water, sewer, trash and recycling rates will likely increase next year, but the average city utility bill won’t be as high as expected. The average residential utility bill is expected to be about...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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