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Street Utility Fund could switch to sales tax

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 20:24:42-05

PUEBLO — Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar provided an update on the completed 2020 street projects and the 2021 Street Utility Enterprise Fund Projects on Wednesday.

Voters approved the Street Utility Repair Enterprise Fund in 2017, and $3.2 million was used to repair four major roads in Pueblo in 2020. The mayor says the projects were completed on time in November and within budget.

“I want to thank our Department of Public Works and Martin Marietta for completing our 2020 projects on time during the midst of a pandemic," said Mayor Gradisar. "We are putting the voter approved tax money to its best use, and I believe it shows.”

Now, Mayor Gradisar plans to talk with City Council about switching the street repair money from a fee to a sales tax.

"For everybody who comes to Pueblo, uses the roads and buys goods and services will be required to pay for it, rather than as is now, only the property owners who have water service pay for the road fees now."

The tax will have to be approved by voters.

The City of Pueblo has nine more roads added to its repair list. The 2021 street rehabilitation project is estimated to cost $5.3 million.