Sales tax questions 2E, 2F undecided
The fate of Glenwood Springs questions 2E and 2F, which sought sales tax revenues for transportation improvements, was still in question as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. With three out of eight precincts reporting, question 2E was losing by 3 percent, 1,404 to 1,348. Question 2F, the bonding question, was winning by a tally of 1,517-1,249, but would be nullified if the sales tax question is defeated. The voters’ approval of these questions means the city will be able to continue with its current pavement program and other transportation-related programs, plus it will get an additional 14-cent sales tax that will go toward an environmental impact study on the effects of relocating Highway 82 along the banks of the Roaring Fork River. The two questions went together: One of them, Question 2E, asked Glenwood Springs voters if a 14-cent sales tax earmarked for city street improvements should be renewed, along with an additional 14-cent sales tax that would go toward generating the impact study. In all, the question asked voters to approve a 12-cent tax.The Roaring Fork River route has long been eyed as an alternative place to put Highway 82. Supporters say such a move would put Grand Avenue and the city’s downtown core back under the city’s control. The money could also fund smaller projects, such as a connection between the part of Eighth Street near City Hall and the 8th Street Bridge that crosses the Roaring Fork River near its confluence with the Colorado River. The money could also help fund a bridge south of the city. In all, the two 14-cent sales taxes would generate about $1.8 million per year and the sales tax would last until 2025. The other question, called 2F, would allow the city to borrow from these anticipated revenues by bonding up to $12 million with a maximum repayment cost of up to $22.25 million. Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority interim director Bob Zanella has also pointed out that by paying for these proposed improvements with a sales tax, about 75 percent of the money will come from tourists who visit the city.Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority interim director Bob Zanella has also pointed out that by paying for these proposed improvements with a sales tax, about 75 percent of the money will come from tourists who visit the city.
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The city of Rifle plans to allocate grant funding for improvements to Railroad Avenue and Third Street.