Grand Junction city council votes against sales tax hike
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado: A measure that proposed increasing Grand Junction's sales tax was voted down by the city council last week. Council member Bonnie Beckstein said,"As much as I want to see things start happening, the public has definitely stated that we need to slow down, we need to listen to what they’re saying, we need to get their input." The measure proposed a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to pay for either a new police and fire department buildings. Projects to be funded by the sales tax increase range from $53 million to $78 million. However, in the August 19, 2009 meeting, council members feared that the tax increase would be rejected in light of the current recession and 2008's sales tax rejection.