To the editor:
I rarely speak out on local issues, yet I believe that Craig citizens deserve to know what they are voting for. The state legislature is considering House Bill 17-1242 sponsored by our own State Sen. Randy Baumgardner. If approved, this measure would be on the November ballot. The state seeks a raise in state sales tax from 2.9 to 3.52 percent for 20 years in order to fund improvements of Colorado’s highways and CDOT projects.
Locally, the city of Craig is proposing a 1.25 percent sales tax increase to address budget shortfalls. Now don’t get me wrong, both of these measures would support important services. You don’t need to drive far outside of Colorado to know that our roads are in rough shape comparatively and you don’t need to read the Craig Daily Press for long to know that our community is facing difficulties in regard to available funds/services provided. However, if both of these measures pass, Craig citizens will being paying sales tax just over 9 percent. Current sales tax is 7.15 percent, add the proposed state tax increase of 0.62 percent and the proposed city tax increase of 1.25 percent and you get 9.02 percent. That’s a big number when it comes to sales tax and should be carefully considered.