Mesa County public safety tax gets overwhelming support

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Voters overwhelmingly supported a 0.37 percent increase in sales tax which would give an estimated $7 million a year to the sheriff and DA’s offices, to help pay for things like new hires and equipment.

As of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, 62.95 percent of voters were in favor of the measure, while just over 37 percent voted no. It was a shocking margin even to the sheriff and DA.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said the main goal now is to quickly add more staff to help curb crime in the county.

County commissioners said the funding will allow them to move more resources to other needs in the county.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis said the tax increase will also benefit all other law enforcement offices as well.

For the average taxpayer, supporters said it will cost less than $50 per year because much of it will be offset by tourism.

The new tax will go in to place on Jan. 1, 2018, but it will take months before law enforcement sees any of the money.



 
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