Grand Junction council drops tax on lumber from beetle killed trees

A local sawmill owner and lumber customers should get a break on purchasing timber that has been affected by bark beetles.

Doug Jones of Doug Jones Sawmill, a Grand Junction business, pressed the city of Grand Junction to fall in line with the state and remove sales and use taxes on lumber killed by bark beetles. Grand Junction City Councilors unanimously agreed by a 7-0 vote on Wednesday night.

“The 7.65 percent (sales tax savings) will be passed on to the consumer,” Jones said.

He also said the tax break would help his business and likely prompt him to invest in more bark beetle killed lumber. Jones said he brings in about 150 loads or a million board feet of the lumber a year.

The move would cost about a $5,000 to $20,000 dip in tax revenue, said Jodi Romero, the city’s financial operations director. Grand Junction collects about $45 million a year in sales taxes, she said.


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