Montrose Keeps Grocery Tax
Libertarians Lead Effort To Repeal Food Tax
The Western Slope Libertarian Party (WSLP) led the effort to repeal the tax on groceries in Montrose, CO.
The city of Montrose has a 3.5 percent sales tax on food items such as bread, milk, fruits and meat that are bought in local stores. Members of the Western Slope Libertarian Party and other area residents petitioned the city to have the tax repealed. Rather than vote to repeal the grocery tax, the city held a special municipal election on July 15.
The final vote was for 28% in favor of repealing the grocery tax. Unfortunately, that was not enough votes to get rid of this repressive tax on food.
"When I moved here about 3 years ago from Denver, I was appalled to find out the city was taxing food items at the grocery store," commented Mike Humbert, the County chair of the WSLP. "I had never heard of such a practice and had always assumed that essentials of life were never taxed anywhere. It is just plain wrong to tax grocery food items, so we did our best to change it."
And, thus, the campaign to remove the tax on groceries was put into action.
The Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPCO) stands behind the WSLP in its belief that the tax on groceries places an unfair burden on low-income families and the elderly, especially in these trying economic times.
The LPCO is proud of the efforts of the WSLP.
"It's been said that you 'Can't fight city hall'," said Norm Olsen, the State chair of the LPCO. "Mike Humbert and his fellow Libertarians in Montrose County are proving this all wrong. What the Western Slope Libertarian Party has done makes me proud to be a Libertarian."
Despite the outcome of the Montrose food tax repeal effort, the momentum started by the WSLP is spreading to other cities around the state.
There is currently a Libertarian effort to petition the residents of the city of Littleton to repeal their repressive grocery tax in November's election.
"First, city hall. Next, the state capital," Olsen said. "These few small steps that are being taken by Libertarians across the state can be the momentum for the giant leap that residents of Colorado can expect towards getting government out of more than just their grocery carts, but also their incredibly shrinking pocketbooks, as well."