Wastewater mill increase, pot tax to be on Fraser ballot
August 27, 2013
FRASER — The Fraser ballot in the November election is shaping up to be full of topics.
Besides asking voters about the Byers Peak development annexation, the town of Fraser will ask voters to increase mill levies related to water and wastewater operations and maintenance as well as ask whether the town should impose a 5 percent excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana within the town.
The mill levy increase question will ask voters to approve an increase of 5 mils for both water and wastewater services to help pay for the costs of operating, repairing, and replacing the aging Fraser water system as well as making updates to the wastewater treatment facility that are required by the EPA.
The town hopes to raise around $175,000 annually in additional property tax revenue from the mill levy increases to help pay for the cost to operate and maintain the water systems.
The proposed increase of 5 mills would equate to $1,000 for a home with an assessed value of $100,000. A home's assessed value is much lower than its market value and a home valued at $1.2 million would have an assessed value of $100,000.
If the town does not succeed in passing the mill levy increases, Fraser residents may see the town's need for additional revenue in the form of rate increases, according to town officials.
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The town will also be asking voters to impose a 5 percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana in the town, which will be in addition to the regular local sales tax and the state's imposed tax on the drug.
The Grand County Library District will also be asking for an increase in their mill levy of 1.5 mills, which would bring their total mills to 3.91.
The Library District is asking for the mill increase to help sustain current services and programs at their current levels and to prevent a reduction in open hours and staffing.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334