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County revenues rising

Dan Olsen

In other action

Commissioners:

• Signed change order to Motorola for Vermillion communication tower

• Approved a response letter to Congressman Mark Udall concerning exploration for oil and gas, sage grouse protection and wild and scenic river designations in the county

• Signed contract for purchase of Craig Skates, for Loudy-Simpson ice arena

• Entered Executive Session to discuss legal matters concerning tax abatements for Wexpro Co.

• Approved personnel requisitions for a case services aide for Social Services, and a mechanic and heavy-equipment operator for Road and Bridge Department

In other action

Commissioners:

• Signed change order to Motorola for Vermillion communication tower

• Approved a response letter to Congressman Mark Udall concerning exploration for oil and gas, sage grouse protection and wild and scenic river designations in the county

• Signed contract for purchase of Craig Skates, for Loudy-Simpson ice arena

• Entered Executive Session to discuss legal matters concerning tax abatements for Wexpro Co.

• Approved personnel requisitions for a case services aide for Social Services, and a mechanic and heavy-equipment operator for Road and Bridge Department

— The value of state assessed property in Moffat County jumped by $33 million county assessor Suzanne Brinks informed the commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.

The state assesses public utilities each year including power plants and pipelines to determine their values, on which they pay county taxes.

Property values for state assessed items in Moffat County for 2006 were $163.3 million, with that number increasing to $196.6 million for 2007.

The main factor behind the increase was the Rockies Express pipeline, built across the county from north to south in 2006 that is valued at $25 million.

“The pipeline that was first owned by Entrega Technologies Inc., and then became property of Kinder Morgan, runs from the Greesewood Compressor Station in Rio Blanco County to the Wamsutter natural-gas hub in Wyoming,” Brinks said. “Another pipeline in the same corridor running from Meeker to Wyoming is valued at $10 million.”

New construction of state assessed properties in Moffat County accounted for an assessed value of $1 million, and Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s value dropped by $4.5 million because of the signing of the final lease buyout by the company that gave them complete ownership of Unit 3 of the Craig Station, Brinks said.

The county will not realize increased revenue from taxes on the property until 2008.

In other action, commissioners approved the county purchase of Craig Skates from Andre Ellen, who is planning on retiring.

The skate rental business will continue providing rentals to customers at the skating rink located at Loudy-Simpson Park.

In January, open skating at the rink took in $2,000, said Tammy Seela with parks and recreation. About half of that income was because of rentals.

The cost of the business including skates and equipment to the county is $7,000.

Lou Wyman also met with commissioners to express concerns about the future of the Craig Depot. Union Pacific Railroad owns the abandoned building at the south end of Yampa Ave, and they would like to see the structure moved, Wyman said.

“I want to see the building saved,” Wyman said. “If it goes to the park, that’s OK, I’d rather see it moved than stay there and lose it to neglect or fire.”


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