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How The Montezuma County Hospital District is Impacted By Colorado Legislature's Pot Tax Error

Austin Cope

At the direction of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado's legislature returned to the state capitol early last week to fix a technical error in a bill passed last session. The error prevented recreational marijuana sales tax funding from being spent by certain special districts in Colorado, including Rapid Transit Denver (RTD), the Denver Zoo, and the Montezuma County Hospital District. To find out how this error is affecting the district, KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Keenen Lovett, a local attorney who represents the hospital district, and Kent Rogers, CEO of Southwest Health System, whose company rents the district's property.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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