Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 25, 201711min379

Voters in rural areas of Colorado would continue to be able to approve a property tax of up to five mills to fund mass transit systems in their local communities through 2029, under a bill approved by the House Transportation and Energy Committee Wednesday, Jan.25. House Bill 17-1018 extends the statutory authority of regional transportation authorities (RTAs) to ask local voters to approve such a tax within a specified area to be served by mass transit. Under current law, RTAs can seek voter approval to levy a property tax until Jan. 1, 2019.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 19, 20179min415

"A lot of moving parts" and a "very, very difficult budget to set" were among the descriptions given to the House Transportation & Energy and Senate Transportation committees regarding funding one of the key areas before the Colorado General Assembly. At the Wednesday, Jan. 19, joint committee meeting, Joint Budget Committee members explained recent changes to Senate Bill 09-228, which established a five-year block of general fund transfers to the Highway Users Tax Fund for transportation projects.