Commissioners Plan to Take Action Regarding TABOR Issue
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY - Mesa County Commissioners want to right a potential wrong, as more information unfolds in the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights controversy.
Commissioners are debating their practice of excluding local sales taxes from TABOR revenue limits which started back in 2007.
By excluding their sales tax revenue during record years of collections, the county has been accused of with holding millions of dollars from Mesa County taxpayers.
“I wasn’t there in 2007 when the decision was made. I wasn’t pervient to the information that was presented to that board” said Rose Pugliese, Mesa County commissioner. “But going forward, I think we have a real opportunity to listen to our constituents and consider doing what they are looking for us to do.”
Commissioners have yet to discuss where they would get the money to reimburse tax payers. However, because of a statue of limitations, citizens may not even get this money back.
“We'll have to see what happens,” said John Justman, Mesa County commissioner. “I mean, one of the things that has been talked about, it could go to the Supreme Court eventually and be decided.”
Officials have had an alarming amount of feedback on this issue and will discuss the future of TABOR next week.
Their commissioner meeting will be held on Monday, May 20th at 9:05 a.m. in the Public Hearing Room at the Mesa County Courthouse located at 544 Rood Avenue, Grand Junction.