GJ City Council Votes in Favor to Exclude Sales Tax in TABOR
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The City of Grand Junction will continue to be the only entity in the state of Colorado to exclude sales tax from the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights.
A 5 to 2 decision made on Wednesday at a city council meeting has made this official.
Those who voted in favor say these rules were approved by the voters years ago, so it is still valid and should be honored.
“I think that things should go to the citizens under any new taxes after TABOR came into affect,” said Phyllis Norris, member of the Grand Junction City Council. ‘But this was prior to and you cant go back forever and change everything that happened.”
This vote comes just days after Mesa County changed rules under their TABOR laws to include sales tax, after being accused of withholding millions of dollars from Mesa County taxpayers.
“We are an independent city council and we should not base our decisions on what Fruita or Palisade or Mesa County, or any other city or county in the state does,” said Sam Susuras, mayor of the City of Grand Junction. “We analyze our own information and we independently come up with our own decision.”
Members of the Grand Junction City Council are encouraging the Supreme Court to look over these rules under TABOR because of all the questions citizens have had.