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Larimer County weighs a sales tax to fund transportation and facilities projects

The potential tax increase would come a year after voters approved an increase for other projects.
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Sales tax. Papers on the office table.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — After receiving voter support for a sales tax increase last year, Larimer County officials are weighing whether to ask for another.

Larimer County voters might be asked to boost the county’s sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation projects as well as the expansion of county departments and facilities expected to be heavily affected by growth in the coming decades.

If a proposal reaches the November ballot, would the county be asking for too much too soon? County voters approved a 0.25% sales tax in November to fund a behavioral health facility. Also, many residents are concerned about property taxes going up in light of the latest values set by the Assessor's Office. 

The proposal has obstacles to overcome in reaching the ballot, including concerns from the city of Fort Collins about which transportation projects would be funded and how many would benefit Fort Collins.

Another concern is how, if approved, the tax would impact the city's options for funding transit services, such as a sales tax of its own. Yet another concern is the lack of public involvement with the proposal thus far.

Click/tap here to read more from our partners at the Fort Collins Coloradoan

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