2022 Funding for Streets Maintenance and Rehabilitation
|The City of Gunnison is placing a question on the ballot this November. The question will ask City of Gunnison voters to consider a 0.5% sales tax increase to create a dedicated revenue source for maintenance and rehabilitation of existing streets.|
City of Gunnison Ballot Question 2A
SHALL THE CITY OF GUNNISON TAXES BE INCREASED BY $1,414,096 ANNUALLY (WHICH AMOUNT REPRESENTS ESTIMATED REVENUES IN 2023, THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR OF COLLECTION) AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNT IS GENERATED THEREAFTER FROM A SALES AND USE TAX IMPOSED AT THE RATE OF ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT (0.5%), BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2023, FOR THE EXCLUSIVE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING:
--MAINTAINING AND REHABILITATING EXISTING STREETS AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS CURBS AND GUTTERS, ADA ACCESSIBILITY AND DRAINAGE
SHALL APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF THE CITY CODE BE AMENDED BY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL CONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE TAX INCREASE AND THE DEPOSIT OF REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE APPROPRIATE FUNDS OR ACCOUNTS OF THE CITY AND USED SOLELY FOR THE ABOVE PURPOSES; AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES AND ANY INTEREST THEREON BE COLLECTED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY REVENUE EXPENDITURE LIMIT CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW? _____ YES/FOR _____ NO/AGAINST
What does this measure do?
A 0.5% increase to the City of Gunnison's sales tax will raise approximately $1.2 million annually to fund maintenance and rehabilitation to existing streets and related infrastructure such as curbs and gutters, ADA accessibility, and drainage.
Pros & Cons
- Provides long-term, dedicated funding to maintain streets
- Proactive street maintenance is more cost effective than reactive maintenance
- Visitors also pay sales tax so the cost of road maintenance is shared amongst all users
- Improves street conditions, thereby reducing wear and tear on vehicles
- City polling indicated a majority of respondents support a sales tax increase to fund street improvements
- A sales tax increase may have a disproportionate impact on the lowest income residents
- A sales tax increase may discourage shopping at local businesses
- The cost of living here is already high
- The City could reallocate funds from its current budget to street maintenance, thereby reducing funding for other programs
- Funds generated by this sales tax increase are not sufficient to include alley and sidewalk maintenance
Frequently Asked Questions
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