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Orchard City voters have three different tax questions

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In addition to electing three members to the board of trustees, Orchard City voters will consider three different tax questions on this year's municipal election ballot.

All were referred to the ballot by the Orchard City Board of Trustees.

Measure 2D asked voters to approve the imposition of a property tax mill levy of 6.5 mills, with revenues directed to a public safety and health fund. It is estimated the measure will generate $130,000 annually.

The question states the revenues will be used to fund road construction, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement, expansion, rehabilitation and renovation; public works operations equipment; and funding law enforcement services (such as contracting with a separate agency), as well as law enforcement operation expenses, supplies, equipment and capital expenditures relating the public safety.

Measure 2E would authorize the town to impose a sales tax of up to 5 percent on the sale of retail marijuana and marijuana products, in addition to any municipal sales tax on such items. It also authorizes an excise tax of up to 5 percent on retail marijuana sold or transferred from a cultivation facility to another retail marijuana establishment. The measure also authorizes an occupation tax of up to $10 for each sales transaction by any medical or retail marijuana facility, retail marijuana cultivation facility and retail marijuana product manufacturing facility within the town limits.

It is estimated this tax measure will generate $130,000 annually. The measure also directs the revenue from these taxes to a public health and safety fund, to fund the same items as listed in Measure 2D.

The third tax question, Measure 2F, would impose a 3 percent municipal sales tax for the Town of Orchard City. It is estimated to raise $65,000 annually. The revenues are also directed to a public safety and health fund, to fund the same items as listed in Measure 2D.

Each tax question also exempts the new taxes from TABOR restrictions.

Each is a separate tax question, and voters could approve one, two or all three measures.

The Orchard City municipal election is being conducted by mail, and ballots are to be mailed out this week. Voters must return the ballots by Tuesday, April 3.

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