Taxes Going Up In Craig?

taxesBudget woes continue for the City of Craig and Moffat County. The Moffat County Commissioners approved the budget for 2017 at their weekly meeting Tuesday. The County will have nearly $37.5 million dollars to spend this year which is $6 million less than in 2016. The falling numbers are partially due to declining property values. Since 2011, property values in Moffat County have fallen by nearly $80 million, resulting in an 18% drop in property taxes collected over that time period. Declining property taxes and other factors have put a strain on the county’s budget for next year and the foreseeable future. Because of these budget constraints, the Commissioners expect they will have to make additional cuts to county services in the future. The Craig City Council is asking the community to help them deal with their budget constraints by passing a sales tax increase and approving a use tax during the upcoming April election. Craig has lost nearly $2 million out of its general fund in the past few years, and their current budget is the lowest it has been since 2008. To help deal with these issues, the Council approved a ballot measure at their meeting Tuesday night. If passed, it would increase the sales tax in Craig by 1.25% to 3.5%, and would institute a 3.5% use tax on any vehicles or trailers purchased outside of the city. It is projected that Craig would receive an additional $2.5 million a year from the sales tax increase with an additional $500 thousand coming from the use tax. Numerous council members pointed out that a use tax of this nature is not uncommon and is utilized in areas like Steamboat. The use tax will subject all Craig vehicle purchasers to the same regulations and taxes, and will ensure all are contributing their fair share towards maintenance of Craig’s roadways.

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