Garfield County Sheriff’s report
Editor’s note: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
Possession of an illegal weapon: At 6:58 p.m. on Aug. 28, deputies stopped a vehicle on Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa. After investigation they arrested and jailed Richard Leroy Richey, 37, of Parachute, on charges of possession of an illegal weapon, a misdemeanor, failure to use turn signals, a petty traffic offense, and violation of bail bond conditions, a felony.
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Current Basalt officials say the town government has violated the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Right by increasing the property tax mill levy over the prior years 10 times since the mid-2000s. Two former mayors contend the mill levy could be adjusted in any given year as long as it didn’t exceed the mill levy in 1994. It’s a $2 million question.