The tax windfall from sales of recreational marijuana is benefiting homeless families living in Colfax Avenue motels in Aurora. (Denver Post file)

Homeless getting help thanks to this Colorado city’s local pot taxes

Recreational pot tax money to benefit Colfax homeless community in Aurora, which expects to collect just over $8 million in taxes this year; a total of $1.5M is set aside for homeless programs

AURORA — The Denver suburb of Aurora is using recreational marijuana sales tax revenue to help the homeless.

The Aurora Sentinel reported Tuesday that among the projects receiving money is the Colfax Community Network, which educates low-income families in motels and apartments along the Colfax corridor about community services. The network is getting $220,000 of $1.5 million set aside this year for homeless programs from Aurora’s local tax on recreational marijuana.

City spokeswoman Julie Patterson says Aurora expects to collect just over $8 million in such taxes by year’s end. About half that total will be used for transportation projects. Some of the rest will help build a recreation center.

Colorado became the first state to start legal recreational marijuana commerce when sales began across the state in 2014.

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Information from the Aurora Sentinel