City Council votes yes on transportation payment increase

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Several business owners expressed disappointment Wednesday night at the city council meeting. They said they were unhappy with the way city council voted on a transportation capacity payment increase.

The TCP amendment passed on a 4 to 3 vote. It increases the fee new businesses pay from 25 percent to 37 percent over the next three years. This fee is to help cover costs that will help maintain roads near businesses because of the extra traffic the businesses bring in. The increase in fees will help balance what taxpayers pay with the rates the businesses pay.

The increase starts on April 1 of this year with a 4 percent bump.

Council member Laura Luke wants the people to know that if changes need to be made in the future, they can be made. Luke did vote for the motion to pass. She also said it was a tough decision and one council has been looking at for a long time, expressing that this city council is pro business, but that they also have to think of those who don’t have a business.

Business owners such as Greg Motz, president of Sun King Corporation, said he was disappointed in the vote. He thinks council should have taken more time before passing the increase.

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