Larimer County: Chambers take Position on Jail Tax

Both the Fort Collins and Loveland Chambers of Commerce will support Larimer County Ballot Issue 1B. This question asks voters to continue the existing jail tax of .15 percent for the operation and maintenance of the County jail. Larimer County hopes to extend the tax for its most expensive service rather than ask voters to support a separate tax measure to mitigate the costs associated with the September 2013 floods as Boulder County is proposing. Neither government has the money in its general fund to pay all the out of pocket flood expenses, but Larimer County has found a way to juggle its budget without asking for a new tax.

Note: The Loveland-Berthoud Association of REALTORS has not taken a position on the jail tax. In the past LBAR had been a vocal supporter of jail-related tax measures in the belief that public safety is a REALTOR quality of life measure. However, the County Commissioners themselves have been noncommittal regarding Question 1B and a citizen group supporting the measure was formed late in the game. Without more vocal support for the measure, LBAR’s Government Affairs Committee, while supportive of the ballot question, chose not to recommend an active campaign regarding 1B.

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