NEWS: Mon. Feb 7, 2011

Feb 7th @ 6:25 pm in News by Scott Staley

Federal court bars Curtis Morris from preparing taxes. A federal court in Denver has permanently barred Curtis L. Morris of Elizabeth, Colo., from preparing federal tax returns for others. The civil injunction order was entered by Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel and has found  that Morris, who operates a business called Numbers & Beyond, prepares federal tax returns claiming large, fraudulent tax refunds.  The court explains that Morris prepared a number of false IRS forms, like 1099-OID to request fraudulent refunds based on phony claims of large income tax withholding.  The court found that Morris made fraudulent refund claims exceeding $56 million….(Posted 5:18p by Jim Kapp)

Becoming a municipality would cost Battlement Mesa up to $2 million. Running Battlement Mesa as a municipality would cost up to $2 million a year, an amount that wouldn’t fully be made up even with substantial new taxes on residents.  That’s the finding from the BBC Research and Consulting Group.  The Daily Sentinel reports that Ford Frick of BBC explained this to the Garfield County Commissioners earlier today.  Frick also added the community suffers from a lack of a significant commercial tax base. The Battlement Mesa community was originally founded by Exxon for its oil shale workers but since the early 80’s oil shale bust it has been developed by the Battlement Mesa Co.  It covers over 3,300 acres and has more than 1500 households and more than 4 thousand residents.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:21p by Jim Kapp)

Smart Start breakfasts may be saved under a new proposal at the Capitol. A school-breakfast subsidy facing a possible budget cut would be protected under a new proposal at the Colorado Capitol.  NBC 11 News has learned this afternoon that Democrats introduced a house bill that would set aside almost $125 thousand to make sure the state keeps paying for “Smart Start” breakfasts.  Nearly every house democrat signed onto the measure.  The breakfasts had faced  an uncertain future toward the end of this school year because of budget cuts.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:22p by Jim Kapp)