Larimer County: Chambers Take Opposing Positions on Open Space Tax

Interestingly, the Fort Collins and Loveland Chambers find themselves on opposite sides of the open space sales tax question, which will appear on the ballot as question 1A. The question asks voters to extend the open space tax for 25 years beginning in 2019. The existing tax rate would remain the same (.25 percent), however the percentages would change giving the County a larger percentage of the revenues for operation and maintenance.

While the Fort Collins Chamber voiced concerns over the length of the tax and the fact that the communities would receive few dollars, ultimately the Chamber Board voted to support the measure. However the Loveland Chamber voted to oppose the measure, notably because Loveland’s share of the revenue would be decreased. In addition, the fact that open space advocates threatened to organize a citizen initiative that would ask voters to give the County an even larger percentage of the revenues if the measure wasn’t put on the ballot now, was also a point of contention for Loveland’s Chamber.

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