Dillon user tax increase fails, Copper Mountain mill levy question passes
Summit County local election results…
Town of Dillon
Referred Issue 2E: To impose the town’s existing 2.5 percent sales tax on recreational equipment activity and to assess a $1 tax on admission to public events
Yes: 96 (38%)
No: 153 (61%)
Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District
Referred Issue 5A: To steady the “historical” mill levy at 2.614 mills in perpetuity
Yes: 38 (58%)
No: 27 (41%)
Town of Dillon voters spoke loudly and clearly Tuesday by striking down a tax initiative that would have imposed the town’s 2.5 percent sales tax on recreational rental activity, as well as assess a $1 tax on admission to public events.
Referred Issue 2E failed 61 percent to 38 percent, or 153 votes to 96.
The initiative would have pumped $185,000 into the town’s coffers, which local officials could have used to benefit Dillon as they saw fit.
The sales tax portion of the initiative would have been assessed on everything from boat rentals at the marina to shoe rentals at the bowling alley.
The $1 tax on admission to public events would have been applied to concerts, movie tickets, sporting events — both amateur and professional — and “door fees” at local bars and taverns.
Town of Dillon Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Burns said Tuesday night that the measure’s failure means its just business as usual for the town council.
“We weren’t banking on these funds, we were putting it out to the community, which is what you are supposed to do with these types of things, and the community didn’t support it,” Burns said. “We got an answer to our question and we, as a council, are going to move forward as we always have with smart spending and a responsible approach to budgeting.
“This is clearly a sign we need to go back to the community and talk to them about what’s important to them, and what types of initiatives they would support in the future.”
In Copper Mountain, where voter turnout was a little lower, a ballot measure to steady the district’s “historical” mill levy passed by 11 votes, 38 to 27.
Referred Issue 5A aims to set Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District’s “historical” mill levy at the current rate of 2.614 mills in perpetuity. Since 1996, shortly after the district’s formation, local leaders have been forced to reset the mill rate to coincide with fluctuating assessed property values so not to collect more revenues from property taxes than what was voter-approved in the ‘90s under TABOR.
With the measure’s passage, revenues generated from property taxes will fluctuate in accordance with assessed property values, instead of the other way around.
The historical mill levy funds firefighting and first responder services for the district.
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