Minturn may raise building fees |

Minturn may raise building fees

Dustin Racioppi
Mitnurn, CO Colorado

What they said: Because the town hasn’t updated its building permit fees since 1997, most of the council was in agreement that the fees should be raised to be more in line with the county.

Minturn has among the lowest building permit fees in the county ” along with Gypsum ” and are about 50 percent less than the rest of the county.

Town Planner Victor Villarreal suggested the council adopt a new rates for new building construction.

“We haven’t changed the fees in 10 years,” Villarreal said. “If my income didn’t change in 10 years, I’d be hurting.”

Councilwoman Shelley Bellm said the town is hurting because of its lower rates.

“We’re not even bringing in the cost of doing business at this point,” she said. “Bottom line, taxpayers shouldn’t bear the burden of a person building a single-family home. We really need to bring this forward and increase our fees.”

Some members of the council, however, were though the increase was too steep.

“You’re 12 years behind. To catch up all at once is a tough thing to swallow,” Councilman Jerry Bumgarner said. “I’d rather sheer a sheep than pluck a goose.”

How they voted: The council didn’t take a formal vote, but advised Villarreal to draft a new rates and come back to the council.

What they said: The Town Council met in executive session Wednesday night with attorneys who advised that the council contribute to keep the water measuring station open. The gauging station was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, which discontinued funding this year, according to interim Town Manager Gary Suiter. He isn’t sure why the Survey stopped supporting it.

The gauging station measures streamflow of Cross Creek, which is downstream of the Eagle River.

Suiter said the town will look for other local entities and organizations to help pitch in to keep the station in operation.

How they voted: Suiter said the council authorized the town to spend up to $3,000 for its contributions to the gauging station.

Staff writer Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

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