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Colorado lawmakers shelve proposal to more than triple property taxes for short-term rentals

A group of state lawmakers Wednesday spiked an effort to change the property taxation formula for short-term rentals in Colorado, underscoring the political touchiness of the topic sparking regulatory debate across the state.  In a 5-1 vote, the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy rejected an effort to advance a draft bill that would have […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Environment, Housing, News, Politics and Government, Wildfire

Colorado doesn’t have a statewide building code. Would enacting one help protect homes against wildfire?

A handful of Democratic state lawmakers are interested in pursuing legislation next year that would enact a statewide minimum building code in Colorado as part of broader long-term efforts to prepare for wildfires driven by a warming climate.  The new code could help unlock millions of dollars in federal grant funding to protect communities against […]

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Property taxes would more than triple for Colorado short-term rental owners under statehouse proposal

Property taxes on short-term rental properties in Colorado would more than triple under a bill drafted by state lawmakers that comes as communities from Durango to Denver grapple with surging numbers of vacation rentals. The proposal would tax vacation homes like hotels and motels, which are subject to a higher assessment, on the days they […]

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Amendment 78: Colorado voters will decide if lawmakers should have more oversight of state spending

A measure on Colorado’s November ballot asks voters to change the way the state approves spending money from the federal government, legal settlements and other non-state sources. Amendment 78 would require the Colorado General Assembly to determine how the state uses what it defines as “custodial money,” funding the state receives from outside sources for […]

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Colorado Republicans aren’t winning many elections these days, so they’re turning to ballot questions instead

When Democrats in the Colorado legislature this year unveiled their marquee bill to enact new transportation fees to pay for road and transit projects, the measure’s conservative opponents had a quick, confident response: See you at the ballot box.  The opposition wasn’t necessarily talking about trying to unseat Democrats, however. They were vowing to bring […]

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Colorado lawmakers launch last-minute effort to drive down property taxes and combat skyrocketing assessments

State lawmakers on Wednesday introduced an eleventh-hour bill to temporarily reduce property tax assessment rates, hoping to help Coloradans contend with skyrocketing real estate prices and the rising property tax bills that follow. The measure, Senate Bill 293, would also allow people to put off a portion of their increased residential property tax payments until […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Politics and Government

How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price tag on it.

The East Troublesome fire, Colorado’s second largest ever, was sweeping across Grand County forests on Oct. 25, 2020, part of a record-breaking wildfire season that forced evacuations, destroyed homes and took lives. Half a world away, heavy rains were flooding the Bagerhat District in Bangladesh, in one of the worst monsoon seasons on record. And […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Politics and Government

Colorado’s governor wants a big, fast coronavirus stimulus package. State lawmakers worry about the details.

As the Colorado legislature returns to work on Tuesday, the No. 1 priority for Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic lawmakers will be passing an economic stimulus package to help lift the state out of the effects of the coronavirus crisis. But the question of how big the package should be and how fast the General […]

Posted inClimate, Energy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Transportation

Colorado wants to put electric vehicle charging stations in every state park. Now it must find funding.

The Colorado State Parks system is pursuing sponsorship agreements to put electric vehicle charging stations in all of the 40-plus parks, including some busy day-use areas, with a boost from an environmental group that is also pursuing chargers for federal land sites.  Advocates say green lands charging stations are vital in Colorado walking the talk […]

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Gov. Jared Polis wanted quick action on his $1.3 billion stimulus plan. Colorado lawmakers want more time.

Three months ago, Gov. Jared Polis put forward a $1.3 billion stimulus plan and asked Colorado lawmakers to fast-track the measures.  On Thursday, the General Assembly said not so fast. Instead of inserting the governor’s November spending requests into a supplemental budget package being drafted now, the proposals will move ahead in separate legislation for […]