Pitkin County commissioners have come out in opposition to the Colorado River Water Conservation District’s proposed tax increase on the Nov. 3 ballot. According to reporting from The Aspen Times, Pitkin County commissioners passed a resolution on Sept. 16 that said that without an identified use of revenue, a tax increase is irresponsible and not in the best interests of county citizens.
In July, the Colorado River District decided to move forward with Ballot Issue 7A. 7A will ask voters to raise property taxes from a quarter mill to a half mill, or a $1.90 increase on every $100,000 of property value. According to the numbers provided by the River District, the mill levy for Pitkin County’s median home value would increase from $18.93 per year to $40.28. The ballot question states that the additional $5 million generated annually by the increase will support the district’s work fighting to keep water on the Western Slope, protecting water supplies for Western Slope farmers and ranchers, protecting drinking water, and protecting fish, wildlife and recreation.
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