When do affected stores need to provide payment City of Grand Junction?

Stores must remit payment to the City of Grand Junction on a quarterly basis. 

For example, if your store collected $100 in bag fees between January 1 and March 31, you would submit a payment of $60 to the City of Grand Junction within the first week of April. If your store then collected $200 worth of fees between April 1 and June 30, you would remit $120 during the first week of July, and so on. 

It is recommended remittance begin as early as April 2023 but must occur no later than April 2024. The first remittance payment must account for all fees collected starting January 1, 2023, subject to council direction. After April 2024, remittance must occur regularly on a quarterly basis. The city is considering adopting an ordinance that requires remittance starting in April 2023. Please note that if this occurs, we will be in direct contact with stores. 

If the first payment is delayed, it must still account for all collected fees starting on January 1, 2023, up to that point. For example, if a store delays their remittance payment until July 2023, that remittance payment must still account for the bag fees collected during the first two quarters of 2023.  

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1. What does the law require and when does it go into effect?
2. What counts as a single-use carry-out bag, and are there exceptions?
3. Are there rules for what types of paper carryout bags that can be provided?
4. Which stores are affected by the bag fee and bag ban?*
5. Which stores are affected by the Polystyrene food container ban in 2024?
6. How can I avoid paying the fee as a customer?
7. What should I do if I think a store is not following the law?
8. Is signage required in the store?
9. How are fees charged and do they show up on a receipt?
10. What portion of the fee do the stores keep, and what portion is paid to the City of Grand Junction?
11. Does an affected store have to pay sales tax on the $0.04 portion of the bag fee they collect?
12. Are stores required to spend the funds retained from fee collection on anything specific?
13. What will the City of Grand Junction do with the $0.06 of the fee revenue?
14. When do affected stores need to provide payment City of Grand Junction?
15. My store is not affected by the law, but I want to reduce bag use at my store, what can I do?
16. What if I want to charge more than 10 cents?
17. Can I charge 10 cents on other items like plastic ware or boxes?