Measure B gets unanimously vote from Montrose City Council

Feb 19th @ 10:29 am in News by Dan Lynch
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RecCenter

Montrose City Council members heard from citizens on the proposed recreation center. Future council member for district 2, Rex Swanson voiced his opinion in support of Measure B.  Council member Kathy Ellis read a 12 minute statement about misinformation and her support of Measure B and county benefits.

Kathy Ellis said she voted against the recreation center the first time around. Montrose voters will vote yes or no April 1 on whether to raise sales tax from 7.65% to 7.95% to help fund the proposed recreation center.

Listen to Kathy Ellis 

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From The Watch
Councilor Kathy Ellis, who proclaimed herself the “most conservative” of all council members said the passage of Measure B will “put people back to work,” increase property values and become a permanent economic driver for both the city and Montrose County. “This is the first time and last time I will ever vote for a tax increase,” Ellis said. “This resolution, urges the voters of the City of Montrose to vote yes,” said councilor Bob Nicholson.

From The Montrose Press
Councilor Kathy Ellis gave perhaps the strongest remarks by reading a prepared statement, which she said had kept her up all night Monday. As the council’s most conservative member, she said, she felt she owed an explanation for supporting a tax increase. The plan, including its financing and 0.3 percent sales tax, was better than the plan presented previously in measure “A” and warranted support, she explained.

Adding a personal example, Ellis equated the difference in sales tax, should the 0.3 percent raise be approved, to a fraction of the contents of a box of Junior Mints she had purchased on a recent grocery trip.
“If I can’t afford that, then I think there’s something wrong. I think there’s a lot of inflated discussion going on,” she said.After delivering a bevy of supporting points to the discussion, Ellis concluded her statement by saying measure “B” would be the first, and likely the last, tax increase she would ever vote for. As her statement concluded, residents in the audience rose to their feet to applaud.

 

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