Larimer: Commissioners Place Jail Tax on Ballot

On August 19th the Larimer County Commissioners formally adopted a resolution to ask voters to extend the .015 percent jail sales tax, which currently generates $7.5 million a year and is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The tax would only provide for ongoing maintenance and operations of the jail. The High Park fire in 2012 and the floods of 2013 have strained the County’s resources and the sales tax extension will ensure the County is able to provide other services. Note: In 2008 the Sheriff’s Department accounted for 55 percent of the County’s budget. That year the County asked voters to approve a tax to build a detox and mental health facility at the jail but it lost by a 62 to 38 percent margin. Will voters approve 3 tax measures this fall? That remains to be seen.

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