POTMONEY115.jpg A medical marijuana customer counts out cash for a transaction at Native Roots in unincorporated Boulder County surrounded by Longmont City Limits on Friday. Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer July 15, 2016

Longmont, Colorado votes for marijuana tax, weeks after lifting ban on pot shops

A proposal to increase Longmont’s municipal sales tax for public safety spending, as well as a measure that would impose a new sales tax on purchases of marijuana, were on their way toward easy victory Wednesday morning based on unofficial but still partial vote totals.

Issue 2I would impose a special 3 percent sales tax on purchases of recreational marijuana and marijuana products bought by customers from up to four city-licensed retail marijuana businesses, once they begin operating, generating a projected $1.3 million a year.

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The second tax measure on Longmont voters’ ballots, Question 2J sought voters’ authorization for Longmont to issue up to $36.3 million in bonds, backed at least in part by the city’s charges to water users, that would pay part of the city’s estimated $47 million share of costs for participating in the Windy Gap Firming Project.

Longmont voters were asked, with Issue 2H, for an increase in the city’s current 0.325 percent public safety sales and use tax, raising it to 0.58 percent to pay for hiring additional police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, and public safety support personnel, and to purchase equipment and facilities for providing public safety services.

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