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Kremmling sales tax revenues continue to slide in February

Drew MunroSky-Hi Daily NewsGrand County, Colorado

Kremmling sales tax collections continued their downward slide in February, falling almost 9.5 percent compared with 2008, Town Manager Ted Soltis reported to the town council on Wednesday, April 15.February sales tax revenues were $43,079 compared with $47,595 in February 2008.Collections also fell in January, December and November.We can weather the storm, Soltis said, noting that a few big-ticket items in the budget can be cut if need be and that some expenses already have come in lower than budgeted.In addition, he said he doesnt expect the decline to continue into the summer months, as revenues from a new hotel bolster collections and a large railroad maintenance crew takes up residence in town for a few months.Rezoning continuesKremmling Town Council members voted unanimously to rezone another property on U.S. Highway 40 from residential to central business, despite opposition from nearby residents.The parcel is known as the Willson Subdivision, which includes the Bureau of Land Management offices and other commercial buildings along the east entrance to town.I think that land ought to stay residential, said Gary Leitner, who lives in the area. I think its unfair to change it after people have already built there.He was among several residents who spoke against the rezoning. They cited adverse effects on their property values, noise and light pollution. You cant possibly be surprised that Highway 40 frontage is being zoned commercial, council member Mike Music said to the opponents.He and other members reiterated that the council is rezoning to commercial all parcels along highways in town in accordance with the towns master plan. They also explained it is important for the town to have sufficient commercial activity to generate sales tax revenues.It should have been done long ago, said council member Grant Burger III.The council recently rezoned two other parcels on U.S. Highway 40, one of which also generated public opposition.Council voted unanimously to rezone the Willson parcel. Members Erik Woog and Isaac Schonlau were absent.Special eventsCouncil members unanimously approved special events permits for the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce for the following dates: Chamber banquet, May 9 Kremmling Days, June 19 & 20 Concert in the Park, Aug. 22 Fall Country Dance, Sept. 12 Drew can be reached at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19610 or at

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