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April Sales & Use Tax collected in May, 2024

April Sales & Use Tax collected in May, 2024

The 2024 total Sales & Use Tax collected for April was $468,022.33, an increase of $63,664.77 over 2023’s $404,357.56 (15.74%).   Year to date, total Sales & Use Tax collections are up 9.68%, or $208,837.80 over last year.  The 2023 total TYD number was $2,157,281.92, compared to this year’s total of $2,336,119.73. Sales/Use Tax Revenue comparison […]

ARPA June 2024 summary of business operations

ARPA June 2024 summary of business operations

BUSINESS OPERATIONS – June 2024 Seven Students Receive Scholarship Funding from ARPA and its Member Municipalities: In 2000, ARPA and its Member communities established a College Scholarship Program that awards a $1,400 scholarship to one high school senior in each of the high schools served by ARPA members. The Program is administered through the member municipalities […]

National Corn Growers, others file lawsuit challenging EPA's electrical vehicle mandate

National Corn Growers, others file lawsuit challenging EPA’s electrical vehicle mandate

The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation and six auto dealers representing 16 brands and collectively operating dozens of dealerships in major markets across the country joined the American Petroleum Institute today in filing a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s light-duty and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards […]

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting May 28, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting May 28, 2024

Minutes from the May 14 meeting were approved unanimously, as was the approval of purchase orders totaling $530,811.44 and payment of bills in the amount of $715,20.83 Board President Doug Thrall read a thank-you note sent from Carisma Gass, one of this year’s scholarship winners, in which she thanked the department for their generosity, saying […]

Cost of gas in Colorado sparks anger from Governor and consumers

Cost of gas in Colorado sparks anger from Governor and consumers

The cost of gas is about to spike in Colorado. How high will it go?   The EPA is forcing Colorado to switch to reformulated gas as ground-level ozone hits “severe” during the summer Keep an eye on gas prices in the next few weeks, Colorado, and you can watch a major policy battle play […]

Colorado extends takeout cocktails law for restaurants until July 2025

Colorado extends takeout cocktails law for restaurants until July 2025

Colorado first allowed restaurants to sell cocktails for takeout or delivery when the pandemic hit in 2020 and businesses desperately needed relief. Then in 2021, Colorado extended the law to stay in effect until July 2025. But last week, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill terminating the deadline that would have ended the practice next […]

March Sales and Use Tax 2024 - City of Lamar

March Sales and Use Tax 2024 – City of Lamar

March’s sales/use tax collections were up 8.52% from the same time period in 2023.  The collected 3% city tax for the month of March was $458,964.62, $45,268.98 more than in 2023.  Use tax collected was $32,356.98, $10,103.37 less than in 2023.  Other collections (penalties and interest, licenses, A/Rs) was $497,490.89, $39,042.65 more than in 2023. […]

Colorado Employment Situation - April 2024

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2024

Household survey data According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat from March to April at 3.7 percent. The number of unemployed individuals grew by 1,900 over the same time period to 120,100. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent from March to April. Colorado’s labor force increased by 1,500 […]

Lamar City Council meeting of May 13, 2024

Lamar City Council meeting of May 13, 2024

Lamar City Council met May 13, 2024 for a regularly-scheduled meeting.  City Treasurer Kristin Schwartz presented the 1st quarter financial report.  She then spoke to Council about the NUE grant and how it is being used.  The overall grant was $1,924,082.37.  So far, $69,813.87 has been spent for SECED and $90,000 committed for the Ark […]

Colorado owes residents $67M in tax refunds

Colorado owes residents $67M in tax refunds

The state owes Colorado residents $67 million in tax refunds that should have been paid out years earlier, a costly mistake lawmakers are now working to fix, having discovered the problem after the governor has already signed the next fiscal year’s spending plan. Lawmakers said they only learned about the problem a few days ago and […]

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services releases 2022 Census of Agriculture

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services releases 2022 Census of Agriculture

  On March 27, the NASS released state and county profiles from the 2022 census  Some of the key conclusions are below. Farm and ranch numbers shrunk while their sizes grew.  Overall, the number of farms and ranches in Colorado decreased to 36,056 in 2022, down from 38,893 in 2017 (7.3%), while the average size […]

March 2024 Sales and Use Tax Report for City of Lamar

March 2024 Sales and Use Tax Report for City of Lamar

City Sales Tax for February of 2024 and collected in March showed a 15.73% increase from 2023, amounting to a difference of $50,939.58.  2024 saw a total of $374,779.14 when compared to 2023’s $323,839.56 for the same time period. Use Tax collected in March was down 41.63% or -$18,082.93. The city collected $25,357.77 this year […]

Lamar Utility Board Meeting of April 9, 2024

Lamar Utility Board Meeting of April 9, 2024

The first of the monthly meetings for the Utility Board was held April 9, 2024.  Mintes from the previous meeting were approved.  Approval was given for Purchase Orders totaling $639,350.23 and for payment of bills totaling $263,268.80. Approved was an irrigation contract between Lamar Utilities Board and Colorado Gravel Co. for electrical service for a […]

Colorado's EpiPen Cost Cap Proves Tricky to Implement

Colorado’s EpiPen Cost Cap Proves Tricky to Implement

Colorado’s EpiPen cost cap has proven trickier to implement than the state’s limits on insulin expenses, with some families struggling to find a pharmacy that will sell them the medical devices for the required $60. One of the law’s main sponsors and some pharmacies point the finger at manufacturers, who they allege are refusing to […]

State reminds Coloradans of income tax filing deadline

State reminds Coloradans of income tax filing deadline

  LAKEWOOD, Tuesday, April 2, 2024 — As the income-tax-filing season nears its end, the Colorado Department of Revenue, Taxation Division reminds taxpayers that they need to file by April 15. Taxpayers who miss the deadline will receive an automatic, six-month extension, to Oct. 15 to file a return. However, there is no extension to […]