KINKAID SAYS INITIAL COSTS FOR SECESSION RESEARCH COULD BE AS LOW AS $500
While many people may have already turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s election, some in Moffat County were hanging on to their ballots until they hear how much it will take for the county to research the idea of secession. A question on the Moffat County ballot asks voters whether they want the County Commissioners to research what it would take to start secession efforts. When asked about the numbers, Commissioner John Kinkaid says he was thrown for a bit of a loop; but only because he never expected to spend any county time or money to do the research. He said it was his intent to do the research on his own time, and on his own dime. However, after reconsidering, he says it could cost the County anywhere from $500 to $1,000 to do the research. The ballot question does not limit the time or money the county can use, and Kinkaid says if his research leads to a petition effort, that cost could reach $5,000. He says if Moffat County residents vote yes on the ballot question, his efforts would likely go to researching the Sonnenberg Proposal, which would give a few of the states largest counties, by land mass, their own senator. Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Mesa Counties are three of those that would recieve new senators.
STEPHENS BLASTS UDALL FOR 2010 VOTE
Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens blasted Senator Mark Udall today for his vote that led to insurance cancellations under ObamaCare. Senate Democrats, including Udall, voted against legislation in 2010 that would have prevented the cancellations. In a statement, Stephens said “Mark Udall has had President Obama’s back every step of the way, even when he lied to voters by saying that under ObamaCare, people could keep their insurance if they liked it. Instead of standing up for Colorado, Senator Udall repeatedly ignored warnings about the devastating consequences of ObamaCare and voted in lock step with his party leadership against commonsense legislation that would have prevented the cancellation of insurance policies.” She went on to say “Senator Udall voted to impose ObamaCare on working families, he has refused to consider delaying the individual mandate tax and he has repeatedly failed to show the courage and leadership that is required to protect Coloradans from this terrible law.” Stephens says if elected, she’ll work to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with a truly affordable health care law.
HICKENLOOPER RELEASES PROPOSED BUDGET
Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposed Colorado budget for next year is influenced by what the state has to pay for historic wildfires and flooding, but the improving economy is allowing for increases to education. The Hickenlooper administration has been forced to use $122 million for the disasters this year. That’s money that could’ve been used next year on other programs. However, there’s enough money to increase funding per pupil by $223 next year to keep pace with inflation and student growth under Hickenlooper’s proposal. Hickenlooper is also proposing restoring higher education funding to exceed pre-recession levels. Friday’s proposed budget is just a first step. Lawmakers will spend months next year working on it. The budget now doesn’t account for next week’s vote on a $1 billion tax increase for schools, and a marijuana tax.
STEAMBOAT RELEASES SEPTEMBER TAX REPORT
The City of Steamboat has published the preliminary September 2013 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. The City’s sales tax collections this year through September are up more that 6% as compared to the same period in 2012. That follows with the current economic trend of moderate steady growth. When comparing quarterly tax revenue to the same quarter in the prior year, with the exception of one quarter in 2012, the City has consistently seen increases for the last three years. During September the category of lodging and amenities saw an increase of almost 11%, although restaurants and liquor stores experienced a drop when compared to September 2012. The Mountain area and West Steamboat saw the greatest increases over last September’s collections, up 12.5% and 9.6%, respectively. Accommodation Tax, which is currently used to fund Haymaker debt payments, saw an increase of 13% compared to the same time period in 2012, and is up more than 9% year to date.
In high school sports:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Guernsey-Sunrise (57-28) in the first round of the state playoffs.
Steamboat fell to Delta (50-12).
Moffat County lost to Palisade (47-8).
Little Snake River Valley fell to Lingle-Fort Laramie (3-0) at the state tournament in Casper.
At the 4-A regional tournament, Steamboat will compete with Montrose and Mountain View at Montrose High School.
At the 2-A regional tournament, Meeker competes with Ridgway and Telluride at Ridgway High School.