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Some targeted, local tax hikes approved around Colorado

November 7, 2018

DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters rejected statewide ballot measures seeking to raise taxes but they approved some targeted, local tax increases.

Voters in Grand Junction backed doubling the city’s lodging tax to 6 percent to pay for more tourism promotion and marketing according to Tuesday night’s unofficial election results. The Daily Sentinel reports some of the money will be used to offer incentives for additional airline flights.

In Snowmass Village, an overwhelming number of voters backed a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana. The Aspen Daily News says it will fund general municipal expenses, rather than be set aside for a specific purpose.

Meanwhile, the Coloradoan reports Larimer County voters approved a 0.25 percent sales tax increase to pay for mental health services, including a new facility on county-owned property.

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