Property tax deadline is May 1 |

Property tax deadline is May 1

— Routt County property tax payments must be mailed by May 1, but County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon is urging residents not to wait until the last minute.

Bills received at the treasurer’s office that are not postmarked by May 1 will be assessed a 1 percent penalty. That means a homeowner with a payment of $1,300 would pay a $13 late fee.

“By state statute we cannot waive interest of more than $10,” Whiddon said.

The treasurer’s office will be open to the public until 5 p.m. — a half-hour later than usual — on April 28 and May 1 to cover what Whiddon expects to be a busy time.

Property tax collections through March totaled $9 million out of $29 million in levies. Whiddon said the amount collected so far is up 1 percent from last year.

“One percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s over $300,000,” Whiddon said.

One quarter of the taxes collected stays with the county and the rest gets dispersed to special districts for schools, libraries and any entity with a mill levy in Routt County.

Property tax collections make up 30 percent of the county’s revenues.

Also this week, the Board of County Commissioners:

l Awarded the 2000 chip seal project to GMCO for $338,497.

l Signed a contract for less than $5,000 with DNG for an analysis of cost allocation for all county departments.

l Submitted a $242,275 bid for Temporary Aid for Needy Families funds. The commissioners plan to transfer $78,732 of that amount to a child-care fund and $50,000 to the Visiting Nurses Association’s home visitor program. The remaining $113,543 will remain in the TANF fund.

l Appointed alternate Donna Hellyer as a regular planning commissioner from west Routt County to replace the seat vacated by the late Arnold Holly. The county will now look for another county resident to fill the at-large alternate seat.

l Amended a resolution regarding the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board to increase the number of members from seven to nine people. The board wants two members from Moffat County and the other seven people can be from anywhere in Routt County. Applications are being accepted through April.

l Approved a special use permit for Pagoda Pure Water Recycling. Owner Lou Wyman cleans contaminated water from oil wells on land in the far southwest corner of the county.

l Tabled a review of the Lakeview Meadows subdivision in Stagecoach until May 9 to give Stagestop Development time to reduce the visual impacts of some of the lots.In December, the Planning Commission denied a sketch plan of the development near Stagecoach Reservoir which would create eight lots of five acres each with a 30-acre remainder parcel. Stagestop is appealing that decision to the board.

l Approved the annual Wildland Fire Operating Plan between the county, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Forest. The county will fight fires on private lands and each jurisdiction will fight fires on its land.

l Signed an agreement allowing Avis and Hertz to build a rental car refueling facility at the airport.

l Approved a subdivision of the Murphy-Larson Ranch to allow for two houses on two five-acre lots and a family compound with two houses with secondary dwelling units.

l Approved a 40-hour donation of sick leave from county employees to a Communications Department employee.

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