Montezuma County assesses public opinion on proposed sales tax in poll – The Journal
The survey will open on Friday, and some residents will receive random texts and emails
Montezuma County is facilitating a survey to gauge public opinion on a proposed county-wide sales tax measure that could be introduced in the November 2022 poll.
Although the county does not have a sales tax, its implementation has been debated for years. The county is proposing a 1.9% sales tax, which would generate around $ 6 million per year, county administrator Shak Powers said.
Currently, projected spending in 2022 exceeds projected revenues by around $ 3 million, he said.
Sales tax revenues would be used for public safety, infrastructure, roads, economic development and drought alleviation, he said.
The online survey will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, and randomly selected residents will receive text messages and phone calls over the next several weeks. All registered voters can participate.
The survey will be available on the home page of the Montezuma County website, as well as the county’s Facebook page.
The survey will take about eight minutes and the responses will be confidential, according to a press release.
Texts and emails will carry the Montezuma County logo and include a secure link to the online survey.
A 36% reduction in Kinder Morgan production cost the county $ 2 million, Powers said.
“I don’t know if we’re going to see them bounce back to full capacity again,” he said.
That, coupled with reduced property assessment rates, left the county with two options: cut services or increase revenues, Powers said.
“One of the benefits of a sales tax is that there are a lot of people who come to Montezuma County who don’t live here, and they use all of our services, and they don’t contribute while they are here, ”he said. “Right now the owners are carrying the burden. “
Powers and the Montezuma County Council of Commissioners will analyze the results of the investigation and decide whether to put a sales tax initiative on the November 2022 ballot or cut county services. Details of the cuts will be decided in future conversations, he said.
The survey, developed in conjunction with third-party research firm Magellan Strategies, cost approximately $ 15,000. Placing the measure on the ballot would likely cost the county $ 30,000 or more, Powers said. This number would fluctuate depending on the number of initiatives written on the ballot.
Powers also pointed out that the sales tax would follow a previous cut in state statutory property taxes.