Group wants to annex western Routt County into Moffat County

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— A group calling itself Citizens for Less Intrusive Government is distributing flyers in Hayden that advocate annexing western Routt County into Moffat County.

The flyer cites Colorado Revised Statutes Title 30 Article 6 as the relevant law regarding annexation in an adjoining county. C.R.S. 30-6-105 notes that taxpaying residents of a county may petition to be annexed into a neighboring county. Sufficient funds to pay for the survey and plat of the area must be submitted to the county, which then must advertise the question as part of the ballot for the next general election.

The county that would be annexing the area also must weigh in, according to C.R.S. 30-6-106.

The flyer states that the group’s aim is to take a ballot question to voters in November 2013.

“At this time, it would appear that if the annexation were to pass, it would have little impact on the town of Hayden, school or other special districts,” the flyer states.

“Jiminy Christmas, that’s a new one,” was the reaction of Mike Luppes, superintendent of Hayden School District.

Luppes said the flyer was the first he’d seen of the idea. He said a county switch wouldn’t result in much of an impact because his district’s funding comes from the state.

“At this point, it’s just a thought,” Luppes said.

Moffat County's mill levy is 23.926, according to the county assessor. Routt County's mill levy is 14.955. Moffat collects a county lodging tax of 1.9 percent whereas Routt does not collect such a tax. Moffat's county sales tax rate is 2 percent. Routt's sales tax is 1 percent. Hayden currently has a city sales tax of 4 percent.

Questions sent by the Steamboat Today to the email address listed on the flyer received unsigned responses.

The email stated that the group would like to have one person speak for it, but that will be after it gets “a little more along in the process.” It is unclear how many people are part of the group.

“We have not had any open meetings yet but intend to do so,” another email stated. “It will take some time and effort to get this accomplished.”

Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said she saw the flyer Thursday and will ask county attorneys to brief the commissioners on the process and any relevant statutes during their work session Monday.

“We don’t yet have a complete understanding of the process and the data,” Mitsch Bush said, noting the key players are the voters who would have to approve any changes to county lines.

Amy Williams, spokeswoman for the recently formed Citizens Supporting Property Rights that advocates the development of mineral rights on private property in Routt County, said her organization is not involved with the new group.

“We’re singularly focused on our group,” she said.

“I really don’t know what the group’s frustrations stem from,” Williams said about the possibility the effort could be tied to competing views on energy development. “Maybe this group will get it going, and we’ll see what the community actually thinks.”

Anyone with additional information about the annexation effort should contact Michael Schrantz at 970-871-4206 or mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com.

Comments

John Rogers 2 years, 3 months ago

Ok.... If that happens WHAT ABOUT US IN MILNER ! as it stands now its "we pay hayden taxes"...so if we want our kids to go to school in Stbt we have to file paperwork ...ooh and then only will they allow our child in if thers room. So if Hayden becomes apart of Moffat...which i think is a bad idea. does that mean that I live in MOFFAT COUNTY??? please explain this to me because it makes no sense what soever ...Is this about taxes and the coal mine in hayden?

mabye we can convince Routt .to bring Milner back where it belongs TO STEAMBOAT so to speak ...helping our children and our well being since we DO NOT live in Moffat County. Rant over thx

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Harry Thompson 2 years, 3 months ago

John, interesting take on the article. I never considered the school aspect. WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

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John Rogers 2 years, 3 months ago

Moffat County....till 87 then San Diego for my Senior year as well as production school untill 91.then moved back to the valley. but Moffat was a sore spot for me as i grew up out near Hamilton. would love to send my kidos to steamboat. Simple yet due to county issues they consider us Hayden residents. I dont live in hayden.

GO Milner..!!... ..and while were at it can we now be known as Steamberg Falls?

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Harry Thompson 2 years, 3 months ago

John, How hard is it to change schools in county? Is there a fee?

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walt jones 2 years, 3 months ago

Hmmmm is the hidden agenda so that Hayden can get the casino without Routt County approval since Moffat was so willing to support it??????

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 3 months ago

Moffat County's mill levy is 23.926, according to the County Assessor. Routt County's mill levy is 14.955. Moffat collects a county lodging tax of 1.9 percent whereas Routt does not collect such a tax. Moffat's county sales tax rate is 2 percent. Routt's sales tax is 1 percent. Hayden currently has a city sales tax of 4 percent.

So, they want to pay 50% higher taxes and live in a county with less money for plowing and roads. Interesting choice.

Considering that portion of the county receives more in county spending than they pay in taxes, I think Routt County should seriously consider supporting the idea that west Routt be given to Moffat County.

If needed then I will be their official spokesman. Campaign slogan could be: They don't want to be in Routt and rest of Routt is glad to see them go.

BTW, school districts can cross county lines so this would not directly affect the school districts.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 3 months ago

The above post is inelegantly stated. I did not intend to say that the rest of Routt County would WANT West Routt to leave. They are our neighbors and not some problem to get rid of.

I was trying to make the point that if our neighbors wish to join Moffat County then who are we to object to what will make them happy. If it makes the future East Moffat County happy then the rest of Routt should support it because it works for everyone. It means hardly any less revenues for Routt County while removing a bunch of county roads to maintain or patrol.

Campaign slogan would be better as: They want to join Moffat and the rest of Routt is happy to help them find happiness.

I am not sure why future East Moffat with producing gas wells will be so thrilled paying potentially $239,260 in property taxes while their West Routt neighbors pay $149,550 for wells worth exactly the same. I suppose respect is worth more than money so the respect they'll gain joining Moffat is worth paying more in taxes.

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