Fruita to ask voters about funding

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Fruita residents will be asked an important funding question in next April's municipal election.

The City of Fruita plans to ask voters if it can keep and spend all revenues in excess of this year's spending limits. Council members approved it unanimously at Tuesday night's meeting.

Funding would go towards capital improvement projects and new equipment.

Voters initially approved this back in 2012, but it was only good through last year. It allowed the city to keep $2.75 million to be used for capital projects.

"We were able to use that $2.75 million in existing money and go after grants to spend $13.5 million between 2012 and 2016 on capital projects and equipment purchases. So if we had not been in that position we would not have been able to accept certain grants that help us do projects," said City Manager Mike Bennett.

The city's voters approved five previous revenue retention measures with the most recent one being in 2012. In that election, 77 percent of voters said yes to the measure.

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