Deadline nears for food tax refund |

Deadline nears for food tax refund

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen residents have less than two weeks to turn in their 1998 city food tax refund applications and get a check for $50 in the mail.

The deadline for getting the form into the city finance office is April 15. Residents must be able to prove they lived in Aspen for the entire year. The proof can be in one of several forms, including a lease, telephone or cable bills or a listing in the city’s voter registration book – anything that shows a physical address in town for the year.

Or, inclusion in last year’s refund lists is accepted as proof of residence.

The refund program, which was raised this year from its historic level of $39, was started in 1972 to win voter support for a city sales tax known as the “seventh penny.” The tax was to raise money for the city’s new transportation/mall fund.

According to the finance department, the number of applicants for the refund has risen slowly over the years, reaching about 1,750 in 1992 and more than 1,800 last year.

Residents interested in getting a refund can pick up an application form at the city finance office, on the ground floor of City Hall, during business hours.

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