City Response and Economic Relief Efforts
Maintaining Recreation Options for Residents
During the pandemic, Mesa County saw a 144% increase in park visitation, the highest of any county in Colorado. The City of Grand Junction has provided numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. Residents have been able enjoy a parks and recreation system which includes parks such as Canyon View, the Lincoln Park Complex, Las Colonias, as well as another 35 developed parks.
Incident Command Systems (ICS)
Intergovernmental Cooperation & Legislative Advocacy
Continuity of Operations Plan & Employee Policies
Emergency Tax Relief
On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance Number 4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund of taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020. The deferment needs to be paid back to the City on or before July 31, 2020. Between now and April 20th, you can request a temporary refund of taxes already paid in March.
Between now and May 20th, quarterly filers can also request a deferment of 1st quarter 2020 taxes using the same link. Any business owner who has not yet paid will also need to fill out this form to provide us information on their sales and agree to the terms of the deferment. Once the form is completed, a member of our sales tax department will contact you within 24 hours. We will confirm the request is being made by the business owner/management and discuss the method of payment. At this time, the State and County have not decided to defer February 2020 taxes.
This refund only applies to City sales, use, and lodging taxes paid. If you have any further questions, please email Grand Junction Sales Tax or call 970-244-1521.
During a regular meeting of the City Council on Wednesday, April 15, City Council was presented with a list of grant awards for the Number GJStrong Fund. This fund was created on Monday, April 6, 2020, when the City Council passed an emergency appropriation of $500,000 to be administered by the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF). This was a "rapid response" process to solicit requests and distribute grant funds to nonprofit organizations seeing increased demand for food and housing assistance as a result of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
Western Colorado Community Foundation
The Western Colorado Community Foundation received a total of 28 applications for the #GJStrong Fund. Eight applications were removed from consideration because they did not meet eligibility requirements. The total amount of funding requested from the 20 eligible applications was over $810,000. Of the $500,000 to be distributed, approximately half the funding being distributed is for food assistance and half is for housing and shelter-related needs. Grant checks will be processed by the end of this week, getting the funds into the hands of the selected nonprofits as quickly as possible.