Turn Back the Pages … Grand County real estate sales take huge leap
November 26, 2008
Five years ago, the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors discussed the possibility of lowering the mill levy from 10.77 mills to 5 mills. One reason was because the assessed valuation for the district increased from $23 million to $31 million. If the mill levy stayed the same, the district could raise $344,000 in 2004, representing a $93,000 increase over the previous year.
– After more than a year of fairly flat sales and a poor economic outlook that had fostered a property listing book of huge proportions, overall real estate sales in Grand County had topped $134.2 million. This compared with sales over the same period in 2002 of $89.2 million ” a 50 percent increase. Sales just in the Winter Park area had jumped by more than 65 percent ($88 million) compared to $53 million.
Ten years ago, the Town of Granby’s sales tax revenues continued to pour into the town funds at a rate never seen before. So far for 1998, the town was up 14.36 percent over 1997 in money collected from the 4 percent sales tax it levied on all in-town retail purchases. In other town news, trustees pondered implementing a curfew and further discussion was planned.
– A letter-writing campaign was launched by people who owned condos in the area of Slade’s in downtown Winter Park. The effort was an attempt to get the town council to pull Slade’s liquor license and an upcoming renewal.
– Roy Taylor, a 5-year-old Little League player, and his dad Michael Jones presented a $1,200 check to the Grand Lake league. Z.A.C.’s Games was having a going-out-of-business sale in Granby. Grand County’s three Nordic centers were open. And, Grand County Resources for Youth and Grand Futures leased the old Kingston residence for a youth center.
Twenty-five years ago, Amax announced it would reopen its Henderson Mine and Mill by the first week of January. Recall letters to 775 employees laid off when the operation shut down in October were in the mail. The Climax Mine near Leadville would also be reopened “as soon as economic conditions warrant,” a spokesman said.
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