County Issues Proclamation in Support of 3/50 Project
by Gus Jarvis
May 14, 2010 | 860 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY – The Ouray Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation on Monday in support of the 3/50 Project, a shop locally initiative that encourages locals to pick three local individual businesses they would miss if they vanished and spend at least $50 a month at each of them.

Besides addressing support for the 3/50 Project, the commissioners decided to add language to the proclamation that as a local government, Ouray County will continue to take every effort to purchase locally.

“It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves and staff that this is our objective here,” Commissioner Keith Meinert said, with commissioners Lynn Padgett and Heidi Albritton expressing agreement.

“I think it is great, putting them together,” Ridgway business owner Ed Folga, who has been promoting the project and seeking local support, said. “It makes sense and it really gets at the heart of what we are trying to do.”

A number of retail businesses in Ouray and Ridgway have already pledged their dedication to the national 3/50 Project at the350project.net, which states that if half the country’s employed populations spent $50 each month in locally owned businesses, it would generate $42.6 billion in revenue. And for every $100 spent in locally owned businesses, $68 will actually stay in that community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If that money is spent at a national chain, only $43 will stay in that community. If purchases are made online, none of the money spent stays in the community.

Besides promoting the 3/50 Project’s objectives, Folga told the commissioners that business owners participating in the initiative are trying to educate locals what businesses are available locally and that they are “willing to do the things to secure your business.”

Visit the350project.net for a list of local businesses participating in the project.

Property Taxing Boundary in Question

With property boundary locations in question, the Ouray Board of County Commissioners are considering acquiring services to survey the north county line it shares with Montrose County to solve any property inaccuracies there may be.

The issue was discussed at Monday’s meeting in Ouray where County Assessor Susie Mayfield told the commissioners that there are two properties in particular that straddle the Montrose/Ouray county lines, with homes residing on the Ouray County side and that taxing authority boundaries may be in question.

From her research, Mayfield said these exemptions were never approved by either Ouray County or Montrose County. The homes were built in the early 90s and signed off by one of the Montrose County Commissioners “but their land use department can’t find the files to see what the procedure was,” Mayfield said. “There are no building permits in either county.”

Mayfield said she was unclear how much the homes residing in Ouray County are worth.

“We thought it would be nice to get it figured out once and for all,” she said.

“It sounds to me like the way property valuations have been handled has been inconsistent with our and Montrose mapping areas,” Commissioner Keith Meinert said, adding that spending $10,000 for surveying purposes during the current budget crunch may not be the best time to do so if it is not causing current “material harm” to Ouray County.

Commissioner Heidi Albritton suggested that the discussion be put on the May 18 Tri-County agenda, where assessors and commissioners from both counties could figure out the best way to clear up any questions.

Commissioner Lynn Padgett suggested that there might be a cost-sharing opportunity for the two counties to agree upon to solve the unclearity.

“It would be nice to have some sort of consensus on both boards,” Albritton said.

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