Claims of Additional TABOR Fraud Totaling Nearly $30 Million
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Former Mesa County officials finished calculations for the 2004 to 2009 period on Wednesday, and allegedly found some additional improper calculations in the county’s Tax Payer Bill of Rights.
NewsChannel 5 reported weeks ago about the sales tax exclusion from TABOR, and building department fund as an enterprise, which in the end, potentially scammed millions out of Mesa County residents.
However, these officials are now claiming that the growth rate for TABOR was changed to be more than double what they were entitled to.
This resulted in the county possibly scamming, in total, more than $30 million out of Mesa County residents.
“Whether they are intentional or not, I can't say,” said Bill Voss, former Mesa County Finance Director. “Although, when you make numerous errors and they all go in your favor, it seems to indicate that maybe it wasn’t accidental.”
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has recently started an investigation into this case.
These officials are bringing their new calculations to the CBI on Wednesday.
Current Mesa County officials tell NewsChannel 5 they've been complying with this search and have nothing to hide. They add they will continue to be proactive throughout the entire investigation.
Officials say, because of a statute of limitations, there's not much they could do about these missing funds that should be going back to residents.