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City of Cortez May Ask Voters to Extend Sales Tax for Recreation Center

Austin Cope

Cortez voters may be asked in 2018 whether they want to continue paying a sales tax to fund the city’s recreation center into the future.

At the council workshop Tuesday, City Manager Shane Hale said the current tax of 0.55 cents, about half a penny on a dollar, is slated to expire in 2021 when the bond is paid off. Hale said the tax provides about half the facility’s operating costs and without it, users might have to pay $8 a visit. Council members agreed keeping fees reasonable is critical to the center’s survival. While making no final decision, they agreed to have staff work on a preliminary proposal asking voters to approve a permanent but smaller tax of 0.35 cents.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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