Grand County Open Lands ballot question updated
September 14, 2016
At the September 6 meeting the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) passed a resolution to slightly alter the ballot question regarding a countywide sales tax increase. The ballot measure would impose a sales tax levy of 0.3 percent that expires in ten years to be used solely for: keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers (such as the Fraser River) available for agriculture, ranching, and outdoor recreation; conserving agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access through acquisition; and maintaining hiking and biking trails.
The BOCC had to adjust the language of the ballot question because of a contradictory phrase in the language regarding items exempt from taxation. The question will remain on the list of ballot questions with slightly altered language than when it was adopted by the BOCC at their August 9 meeting.
If the question passes the BOCC will appoint an Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee, the "Open Lands Advisory Committee." The committee would be composed of nine members—three residents from unincorporated Grand County, one from each commissioner district, and person nominated by each municipality in the County. The committee would convene twice a year to make recommendations to the BOCC regarding the disbursement of money from the Open Lands Fund.