County commissioners hold last town hall before beginning 2018 budget

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County Commissioners held their last official town hall before beginning to make decisions for the 2018 county budget.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese tells us one of the most important things talked about was the passage of Measure 1A, which will increase sales tax by .37 percent in order to fund public safety.

The measure passed by a landslide of 63 percent. The tax increase will help hire more deputies for the sheriff's office and more employees for the district attorney’s office to help prosecute cases.

"We're only getting about ten months of sales tax during the first year so it will be a little bit lower in revenue than what we project long term-- so there will be a couple of tweaks we will have to look at, absolutely," said Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese. "We're trying our best to see what it looks like and of course, it’s based on sales tax which means it's based on how people are spending and people are spending really good right now which we appreciate.”

Pugliese says the budget, as it stands now, sits at $56 million.

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