Avon asks for "use tax’ arguments
Well, the town is seeking public comments in support of or in opposition to the use tax ballot measure that Avon voters will see on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Officials are proposing a 4 percent tax on all building materials used in Avon – regardless of where they are purchased. In areas where there is a sales tax – such as Denver – builders who have paid a use tax to the town will not have to pay the sales tax. The use tax will be paid when a builder applies for a building permit.
The town, facing a steep budget shortfall, is seeking ways to generate additional revenue for its recreation center and its ailing free bus system.
Written comments are due to the Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday. Comments should be 500 words or less. The Town Clerk’s office will compile a summary of the submissions that will be mailed to registered voters prior to the election.
Written comments will be accepted in person or by mail to: Town Clerk, P.O. Box 975, 400 Benchmark Road, Avon, CO, 81620.
Voters have until Oct. 7 to register to vote or establish residency for the Nov. 5 election.Avon voters will cast their votes in a coordinated election with Eagle County. Early voting begins Oct. 21.
For more information contact Avon Town Clerk Patty McKenny at 748-4000.
On the Avon ballot:
SHALL TOWN OF AVON TAXES BE INCREASED $1.6 MILLION ($1,600,000) ANNUALLY IN 2003, AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, BY THE IMPOSITION OF A FOUR PERCENT (4%) USE TAX ON THE PRIVILEGE OF USING OR CONSUMING IN THE TOWN ANY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, SUCH USE TAX REVENUES TO BE APPROPRIATED AND SPENT SOLELY FOR TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION CAPITAL PROJECTS AND SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED THERETO, ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH ORDINANCE NO. 02 18 ADOPTED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL; AND SHALL THE REVENUES COLLECTED FROM SUCH TAX AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES BE COLLECTED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?