Colorado Non-Profit Seeks Sales Tax Revenue
- Jan 29, 2013 | Gail Cole
The Humane Society in Larimer, Colorado, is in need of a new facility. The nonprofit organization would like to put a new building on land it owns in Larimer County, at an estimated cost of $16.5 million. Their current facility is pushing 40, and while to some of us 40 seems young, those involved say the aging building isn't meeting the needs of the community.
To raise $13 million of the projected building costs, the Larimer Humane Society would like voters to "approve a sales tax increase of 1 cent on every $10 purchase… ." Some 12,500 valid signatures from county voters are needed by July 18 in order to put the question on the November 2013 ballot.
If voters approve, on January 1, 2014, the following rates would take effect:
- Fort Collins: 7.45%;
- Loveland: 6.6%; and
- Estes Park: 7.6%.
Both Fort Collins and Loveland currently "contract with the Larimer Humane Society for animal control services." If they continue to do so, those costs would be in addition to the sales tax increase.
In 2011, voters opted not to extend the Larimer County jail tax, which is 2 cents on a $10 purchase. It is set to expire on January 1, 2015. To account for that loss revenue, the county is cutting $50,000 in Humane Society support in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffman doesn't know if voters will support the Humane Society's requested tax hike.
The new facility would be able to effectively house both wildlife and domestic animals, says Judy Calhoun, executive director of the Larimer Humane Society. County Commissioner Steve Johnson acknowledged that the existing facility is "inadequate for the animals…, inadequate for … volunteers, … [and] inadequate for … staff."
Whether or not the people of Larimer County want their tax dollars to go towards building a new Humane Society remains in doubt.
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