Moffat County Commission certifies 2012 mill levies

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At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, waiving the bid process for commercial appraisal services for the Moffat County Assessor’s Office.

• Awarded, 3-0, a $16,934.90 bid from Skyline Steel for culverts.

• Approved, 3-0, December budget supplementals.

• Approved, 3-0, waiving the bid process for roof repairs to a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s home in Dinosaur.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a heavy equipment operator for the road and bridge department.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a detention deputy for the Moffat County Jail.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring a clerk and recorder technician for the clerk and recorder’s office.

• Approved, 3-0, hiring an information technology technician for the I.T. department.

• Awarded, 3-0, a $16,800 bid from Roxanne Chadwick for cleaning services for the Department of Social Services.

• Approved, 3-0, Department of Social Services Nov. 15 meeting minutes.

• Approved, 3-0, Department of Social Services community services block grant third quarter performance report.

• Approved, 3-0, 2012 community services block grant three-year plan.

• Approved, 3-0, Department of Social Services monthly reports.

The Moffat County Commission certified 2012 mill levies Tuesday for the county and its taxing districts.

Tinneal Gerber, Moffat County budget analyst, said the total voter approved levy for the county is 20.872 mills, which the commission can appropriate as it sees fit.

Last year, the majority of the levy, 19.948 mills, went to the county’s general fund.

But, for the first time since 2000, a bulk of the county’s levy — 12.4 mills — will be appropriated to the road and bridge department to help pay for road projects in 2012.

“We’re doing a road and bridge mill levy to help fund some major capital improvement projects next year,” Gerber said. “Those projects have been funded by mineral leases and (payment in lieu of taxes) payments in the past, but we’re still not sure if those funds will be available to us in the future.”

Mill levies are calculated on an annual basis to determine the revenue needed from property taxes to operate a county entity in the coming year.

The commission approved its 2012 mill levies Dec. 13 when it adopted the budget.

However, further action was required Tuesday to certify mill levies from the county’s various taxing entities, including the Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, The Memorial Hospital in Craig, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District and others.

“We had to certify the levies for the county overall,” Gerber said. “Basically, we just brought all of the different taxing entities together in a single document.”

Since passage of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights legislation in 1992, Gerber said all mill levies throughout Colorado must be voter approved.

TABOR legislation was designed to prevent state and local governments from arbitrarily raising or lowering taxes based on property tax revenues collected during the previous year, Gerber said.

“Because our mill levies are set and approved by the voters, it definitely keeps our revenue pretty stable over the years,” Gerber said.

Now that the mill levies have been certified, Gerber said they go to the Moffat County assessor and Moffat County treasurer to prepare 2012 property tax bills.

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