City of Montrose holds community meeting to talk grocery sales tax

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- After some residents brought up concerns about a grocery sales tax in Montrose, their city council is hosting a community meeting to answer some questions.

Nearly four percent of sales tax also applies to things like clothes and books.

A percentage of the money goes to things like funding the Montrose Rec Center, and another percentage goes to the city of Montrose.

While some are upset about it, the city says the money is crucial to community services.

Officials say since the city doesn’t collect a property tax, they rely heavily on the sales tax.

"Well, personally I believe taxing on food and clothing is wrong. I think it's a necessity that we all must have,” says Montrose Resident Jeff Harris.

"Sales taxes on retail property fund almost 80 percent of our government budget,” says Assistant City Manager Montrose Ann Morgen Thayler.

The city of Montrose also says 233 municipalities in Colorado out of 271 in the sate applies sales tax to groceries.

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