Larimer County Commissioners Sunset Courthouse Sales Tax Early
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Apr 24, 2012
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners voted today to sunset a .20% courthouse sales tax effective July 1, 2012, six months before the normal sunset.
The sales tax was approved by voters in 1997, to begin January 1, 1998 and last 15 years to: build, renovate, and expand the Justice Center and Courthouses Offices Buildings in Fort Collins; partner on the Civic Center parking structure in Fort Collins; construct and equipping the Sheriff’s Administration building; partner on the Police and Courts building in Loveland; and, renovate the County Offices building in Loveland. This dedicated sales tax can only be used on projects approved by voters, so even with deep budget cuts looming for Larimer County, this funding cannot be used elsewhere.
The Board of County Commissioners ended the tax early because all of the projects approved by the voters have now been funded and most have been completed. The County saved money by refinancing the debt for the projects at a lower interest rate and sales tax revenues were greater than initially projected. The tax could only be used for capital construction. Still, ending a tax early is unusual says Commissioner Steve Johnson, “This is the first time in my two decades of public service I’ve seen government end a tax early.”
With the change, effective July 1, 2012, the Larimer County Sales Tax will be reduced from 0.8% to 0.6%. The last day of collections for Larimer County vendors at the 0.8% rate will be June 30th, 2012. The sales tax was due to expire on December 31, 2012. Larimer County has collected over $97 million for the above projects since the beginning of the Courthouse Sales Tax.
Current sales taxes in place at Larimer County:
- Open Space - .25%
- Courthouse - .20% - now expires July 1, 2012
- Jail Expansion - .20%
- Fairgrounds - .15%
Businesses with questions can contact Tracy Hines, Larimer County Sales tax Administrator, (970) 498-5935, firstname.lastname@example.org.