Garfield County will see $7 million more in property taxes this year compared to last, the bulk of which is for a hospital.
In last year’s election, voters in the Grand River Hospital District, which includes Rifle and Parachute, decided to expand the hospital by taxing themselves. Voters in the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District continued their existing property tax.
Garfield County itself is expected to get about the same it did last year, and will distribute it similarly, too.
Almost half of the property taxes the county receives will go to schools, a quarter to county operations, and the remainder to fire districts, Colorado Mountain College and towns.