Sales and use taxes get thumbs up |

Sales and use taxes get thumbs up

Doug Crowl

— Yampa voters said yes to both questions on their ballot, one for sales and use taxes and the other to do away with term limits.

The taxes passed by seven votes, 53-46. Now, Yampa residents have a 2-percent tax on all general sales, construction materials and vehicles, allowing the town to collect an estimated $23,000 more annually. Trustee Jody Vetter said the tax will give the town a boost.

“When you got nothing in your pocket, anything’s going to help,” he said. “It won’t be the total answer, but it will help quite a bit.”

Voter Joe Mauch supported the tax, explaining that the Town of Yampa needs more money to take care of its services.

“You get what you pay for and we need new infrastructure,” Mauch said.

Water, sewer, roads and dust abatement are all important services that the town needs to pay for, he said.

In the second ballot question, Yampa residents voted away term limits that previously restricted how long the town’s elected officials could serve.

“We already have term limits; they’re called elections,” voter John Fitzgerald said.

The majority of Yampa voters agreed and they passed doing away with the term limits, 61-34.

One hundred and five people voted.
“Our voter registration is 326 so that’s a real good turnout,” Town Clerk Janet Ray said.

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