2-I – Renewal of Food Tax - The Facts

This is not a new tax or an increase in taxes.

  1. The Greeley Food Tax originally approved by voters in 1990 with a 5-year sunset has been reapproved and extended six times.
  2. Voters approved extension of the tax again in 2015 and it will expire in 2021, unless renewed.
  3. This request is to renew the tax for an additional 5 years. The revenue generated by the food tax is the primary funding for parks, recreation, and public building maintenance and a contributing funding source for Greeley streets.
  4. Infrastructure used by taxpayers and supported by this tax include:
    • Transportation: 375 miles of roads, 700 miles of curbs, 6,600 ADA ramps, 68 traffic signals
    • Parks: 1,738 acres of parks and open space, 42 parks, 5 recreation facilities
    • Public Buildings: over 1 million square feet of public facilities
  5. The Greeley area has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country, and with the added traffic, street repair crews need resources now more than ever. Gaining voter approval now for renewal in 2022 allows the City to plan and meet the needs of Greeley residents as the community grows.
  6. Projects which await funding include:
    • Street and sidewalk repairs throughout Greeley
    • Traffic signals and detection improvements
    • Sidewalk repairs, carpet/irrigation updates, repaving at Island Grove
    • Facility updates at the Family Fun Plex
    • Accessibility improvements to a variety of recreational and cultural facilities
    • Site maintenance at a variety of historical sites
    • LED lighting, cameras, window and heating replacements at Union Colony Civic Center
  7. Here are how food tax funds were used in the period of 2014-2018:
    • $7 million: Repaving and widening of existing streets in Greeley to repair potholes and accommodate increased usage of roads due to population growth
    • $0.5 Million: Traffic signal programming and replacement to make movement through the city more efficient for travel
    • $6.9 million: Repairs and improvements to public buildings and maintenance facilities to extend life and use of those facilities
    • $1.8 million: accessibility on public sidewalks, curbs and to public buildings consistent with ADA (Americans with Disability Act) requirements
    • $5.7 million: Improvements, maintenance and repairs for Greeley’s parks and recreation facilities to maximize safety and use by city residents.
  8. Non-residents who shop for groceries in Greeley and use Greeley’s streets, buildings and parks help defray the cost of maintenance and repairs.
  9. Low-income households can qualify and apply for a Food Tax Rebate, lessening their financial impact. Click HERE for more information about the food tax (PDF).
  10. The proposed renewal would continue to keep Greeley’s tax rate very competitive with surrounding communities. View a chart of city tax comparisons.

If the food tax is renewed, the City will collect nearly $45 million over the life of the tax and use those funds to improve and maintain city street conditions, parks and recreation facilities and other public facilities used by our community. Maintaining our infrastructure positions Greeley to attract and retain quality employers and jobs.  The City will also leverage these monies by taking advantage of available matched funds.