Monday, January 26, 2015

Commissioners Oppose Governor's Plan to Use Severance Tax

This morning, Mesa County Commissioners joined a press conference on the steps of the Mesa County building.  The press conference included members of the councils of Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita, representatives of Club 20, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, and many others.  The conference was held to voice opposition to a proposal to use severance tax, rightfully due to  energy impacted counties, to backfill the State’s general fund.

The Commissioners  formalized their comments to the Honorable Kent Lambert, Chair of the Joint Budget Committee, in a letter transmitted today.  The letter states:

"The Mesa County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Mesa County, express our strong opposition to the Governor’s proposal to use severance tax, rightfully due to the energy impacted counties, to backfill the State’s general fund.

The Governor needs to learn, like our counties on the Western Slope, to find efficiencies in government to fund state expenses such as Medicaid and TABOR, or any other shortfalls that the State may face.
Mesa County, like other Western Slope counties, has had to tighten our belts in order to provide the core government services our constituents expect during tough economic times. Our economy is not recovering. Mesa County received $1.7 million dollars of severance tax money In 2014. This money goes straight to our general fund to pay for key important core services, including public safety. Raiding this severance tax fund for energy impacted communities is unacceptable.

We are ready to assist the Governor to find efficiencies in State government, as we have had to in our county governments.

We stand united with Colorado Counties, Inc., Club 20, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado and our municipal partners in opposing the Governor’s plan to use severance tax money to backfill the State’s general fund."

Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome, Elected Officials!

Welcome
re-elected
Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner
Coroner Dean Havlik
Surveyor Patrick Green
Treasurer Janice Rich

and newly elected
Assessor Ken Brownlee
Sheriff Matt Lewis
and
Commissioner Scott McInnis 

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On Tuesday morning, January 13, 2015, all newly elected County Officials were sworn into office, during a ceremony officiated by Honorable Judge David A Bottger and Honorable Judge Care' McInnis.

Treasurer Janice Rich
was earlier sworn into office on January 2, 2015, as statute requires she take office the first business day of the year, by Honorable Judge Valerie J. Robison.

Join us in extending congratulations and welcome to all.




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mesa County Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day

MESA COUNTY, COLO January 15, 2015 - Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This closure includes:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Administration offices (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Attorney's Office (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Clerk & Recorder's Office 
  • Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (325 East Aspen Street, Fruita) 
  • District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce Street). This includes the Justice Center 
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road) 
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth Street) 
  • Resource Management (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice Street) 
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road) 
The closure does NOT include: 
  • Criminal Justice Services (South Avenue) 
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT) 
  • Mesa County Landfill (Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Organic Material Composting Facility will be closed per their usual schedule) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice Street) 
Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Commissioners to Charter Communication: Unacceptable service and demand for immediate action

Mesa County Commissioners to Charter Communication's Senior Manager of Government Relations:

URGENT: Quick Action Requested

Dear Mr. Rasmussen;

Today we have received multiple complaints from businesses and residents of Mesa County regarding interruption of Charter's Cable Service. Currently, District 51 Schools are without service and we have been informed that service has been down for several hours.

Please note that this is unacceptable for Charter subscribers who feel that they can go to no one for resolution. When calling the customer service line they are told multiple 'reasons' for the outage, including responses such as 'we have excellent service and do not appreciate your complaint for one incident of interruption of service,' and 'If Mesa County didn't whine so much, maybe something would be done.'

Timely resolution of this issue would be prudent. We are requesting immediate and prompt dispatch of a response team to fix the system post haste; as well as a heightened awareness of the frustration Mesa County subscribers are having with your Customer Service Department. Good faith compliance is implied with the franchise agreement. We have also been informed by the City of Grand Junction that they have also heard from frustrated citizens regarding this issue.

Sincerely,
Mesa County Board of Commissioners
Rose Pugliese, Chair
John Justman
Scott McInnis

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Simple, easy and on-line: roll out of “on-line” portal for Open Records Requests

Simple, easy and on-line: Mesa County Government rolls out an “on-line” portal to make Open Records Requests

Yesterday, the Mesa County Commissioners approved a new Policy for Requests for "Public Records" pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”).

Mesa County’s new policy reflects the recent CORA amendments by the Colorado Legislature in 2014 that, among other things, increased to, but also provided a cap of, $30.00 an hour charge for labor charges incurred in retrieving public records.

Mesa County strives to be open and responsive to the public’s request for public records. To help implement the new policy, Mesa County rolled out an “on-line” portal that will allow any member of the public to request records of Mesa County government, to receive a submittal acknowledgement, and receive the requested documents electronically. Additionally, Mesa County established that the first hour of research into the record requests will be free of charge.

There are numerous ways to reach the on-line records request portal. While on the Mesa County webpage (mesacounty.us), select from the “I’m looking for” drop down menu “CORA”, search “CORA”, or while browsing the Commissioners pages, Administration pages, select “How Do I” and select the icon “Open Records Request”. The portal may also be found at the County Attorney page. http://www.mesacounty.us/OpenRecords/Default.aspx?id=23252

Please try out the new portal and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Property Taxes Due in 2015, Certified

From the Mesa County Treasurer's Office:

The 2015 Property Tax Roll has been certified. While we anticipate Property Tax Statements will be in the mail stream by January 23, 2015, we invite you to utilize our website: http://treasurer.mesacounty.us, and review property taxes owing. “It is very easy to click onPay/View Property Taxes. From that point, follow the directions to see taxes owing for 2014, payable in 2015. You are also welcome to call our office for property tax information,” said County Treasurer, Janice Rich.

Colorado law [CRS 39-10-104.5] requires payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June. If you are paying your taxes in full, a single payment is due on or before the last day of April.