Community Briefing for March 24, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

Emergency Declaration – City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to declare a local state of emergency. The Grand Junction Municipal Code authorizes the Mayor to declare a State of Emergency when certain criteria are met. The state of emergency was declared because of the risk to the personal health and economic welfare to the persons and businesses of the City and the Greater Grand Junction community, and in light of the ongoing risk to public health, safety and economic security.

Sales, Use & Lodging Tax Deferment – City Council also approved an ordinance on Monday to allow the City of Grand Junction to defer sales, use, and lodging taxes collected in February 2020 until July 31, 2020. This is part of a comprehensive economic response to provide assistance to business negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for a temporary refund of taxes paid to the City.

This emergency tax relief effort has the potential to infuse approximately $4 million back into the local economy.

Special Meeting on Wednesday – City Council will reconvene on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 P.M. to hear an emergency ordinance that would authorize the use of $4.4 million from the City’s General Fund Reserve to add 400 temporary workers who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Areas of work for temporary employees may include but is not limited to:

  • Crack-fill operations
  • Storm water infrastructure (ditch, culvert and catch basin) maintenance
  • Sidewalk repair and maintenance
  • Landscape maintenance, planting, nursery operations, turf and field maintenance
  • Graffiti removal
  • Painting (buildings, fences, signposts) and other maintenance of City facilities
  • Cleaning street art
  • Riverfront cleanup and maintenance
  • Any other work deemed necessary and appropriate by the City Manager in light of need, social distancing and other protocols now in place or applicable to the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.

The City is committed to our residents and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

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