Carbondale tax bill inches closer to becoming law |

Carbondale tax bill inches closer to becoming law

Carbondale’s sales tax extension bill continues to steamroll its way through the state legislature. It passed the Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Finance on a 7-0 vote last week.

House Bill 1218 now goes to the Senate Public Policy and Planning Committee on Thursday, said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. The bill will go to the Senate floor if it passes Thursday’s vote.

If the bill becomes law, it will allow Carbondale residents to vote on whether to extend the town’s 0.5 percent recreation sales tax beyond its 2010 expiration date.

The tax extension ballot question would probably come in November. Its approval is needed to fund a $6.5 million recreation center on the North Face property south of the firehouse.

Jackel said the bill passed the state House on a 60-0 vote. It was carried in the House by state Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, and in the Senate by state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

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