Pot-funded projects up in the air for 2017 in Pueblo County

Pot-funded projects up in the air for...

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Marijuana sales tax money set to fund more than $1.5 million in projects in Pueblo County is on hold.

This comes after the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the cities of Northglenn, Aurora, and Commerce

City, stating Adams County does not have the authority to impose a special sales tax on retail marijuana.

Affected agencies in Pueblo County were notified Tuesday that there may be a delay, or no funds at all for the county to fund the 13 projects it was supposed to in 2017.

Some projects include $200,000 for Pueblo West road improvements, $50,000 for marijuana research at

CSU-Pueblo, and $50,000 for homeless prevention projects, among others.

The agency that could take the biggest hit is the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, as $750,000 was going to improve the jail, and $129,000 was to help purchase body cameras and Tasers for deputies.

Undersherrif J.R. Hall says the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office plans to get by.

"We work for the people," Hall said. "The people give us the resources we need, or we'll make due with what we have."

Pueblo County released this statement to KRDO NewsChannel 13:

"Pueblo County is still evaluating what impact this ruling has on the County, but is poised to pursue all legal and legislative avenues to preserve its authority to impose its sales tax."

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