Buena Vista is still a place people would like to retire and property values have been maintained during this economic crisis.
Due to vast amounts of National Forest and State lands, only about 17% of the land is available for development in Chaffee County. Prices vary depending on location and amenities such as trees, terrain, views, water and utilities.For information on building costs, septic systems and other concerns contact a realtor at www.buenavistacolorado.org.
The growth both in tourism and relocation is also evident in a substantial increase in sales tax. The following statistics reflect that growth:
|Chaffee County Sales Tax|
|Buena Vista Plus County Percentage Sales Tax|
Major source of income is:
tourism, trade, prison,
City & County Government, and schools
|Arkansas Recreation Area Use Figures (April - September)|
Buena Vista Area Bed Count = 813
Buena Vista Area 2007 Traffic Count:
Johnson Village (Hwy 24 & 285) = 6,900 / day
Hwy 24 & Main St. = 12,000 / day
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Colorado Mountain College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers many services for local people thinking about starting a business or in the process of rethinking the way they do business. The SBDC has trained business advisors to provide personal and group business counseling on business start-up and acquisition, market analysis and planning, cash flow management, financial analysis and loan packaging. All information is confidential and counseling services are free of charge.
To make an appointment for business counseling, contact the SBDC
Please note that the Small Business Development Center of Colorado Mountain College is one of over 18 centers in Colorado that link federal, state, and local resources. This network of services helps new and established business owners and entrepreneurs achieve success. In addition to business counseling, the SBDC staff in conjunction with local professionals and nationally known speakers conduct workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. The SBDC also offers customized training programs for companies and a speaker's bureau for keynote addresses or rounding out a panel.
What is a State Enterprise Zone?
An enterprise zone is defined as an economically distressed area of Colorado in which special tax incentives area offered to businesses that expand or locate in the zone. The purpose of the tax incentives is to create new jobs and investments in the zone.
The enterprise zone program was created by the Colorado legislature as of July 1, 1986. Since that time, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has designated 16 areas as Colorado enterprise zones.
Specific locations within Chaffee County, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs and Salida are in the Upper Arkansas Enterprise Zone (UAEZ).
Areas of inclusion:
With the exception of the residentially zoned area of the incorporated municipalities (Buena Vista, Poncha Springs and Salida), the remaining lands of the municipalities and county are in the UAEZ. Inquire with the municipal land use/zoning office as to the existing land use zoning to determine location within the UAEZ.
What are the tax incentives/credits available in the enterprise zones?
Colorado enterprise zones provide state tax incentives to businesses located in the zone, particularly for new or expanded businesses.
Not all businesses qualify for all the tax incentives. Refer to the individual FYI publications. The tax credits are:
1. Investment Tax Credit for business located in a Colorado enterprise zone. See FYI income 11 for more information about this credit.
2. New Business Facility Jobs Credits. Credits are available for new or expanded business facilities located in an enterprise zone that create new jobs. See FYI Income 10 for more information about these credits.
3. State Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing and Mining Equipment used in an enterprise zone. This exemption is for equipment used directly in the manufacturing or mining (including oil and gas) process. It applies to state sales and use tax and state-collected local sales tax. See FYI Sales 10 for more information on the manufacturing equipment exemption and FYI Sales 69 for more information on the mining equipment exemption.
4. Research and Development Tax Credit for research and development carried on in an enterprise zone. For tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 1989. See FYI Income 22 for more information about this credit.
5. Tax Credit for Private contributions to Enterprise Zone Administrators. For tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 1989. See FYI Income 23 for more information about this credit.
6. Tax Credit for the Rehabilitation of Vacant Commercial buildings located in an enterprise zone. For tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 1989. See FYI Income 24 for more information about this credit.
7. Qualified Job Training Program Investment Credit for taxpayers who invest in a training program. See FYI Income 31 for more information about this credit.
Who is the Zone Administrator and what is the process?
Jeff Ollinger, Administrator, Upper Arkansas E Zone,
P.O. Box 1212, Buena Vista, CO 81211-1212,
E-mail: email@example.com, (719) 395-2602.
Upon receiving a complete certification form (DR0074), the administrator will certify the business location in the
zone and return the form to the business or tax preparer. The form is attached to the Colorado tax return when the
business is claiming a tax credit of $450 or more.
When requesting certification, please send a self-addressed/stamped envelope, follow all instructions at the top of
the form, and provide all information
For information: on left under Main Categories click on FYI; under General Topics click on Income Tax; loof for Enterprise Zone.
For sales/use tax exemption, click on sales tax, look for E Zone FYI.
For EZ forms: on left under Main Categories click on Forms; click on Forms by DOR Number and look for DR0074 or Enterprize Zone.
How do I obtain detailed information?
Order the Taxpayer Service Division "FYI" by writing to the Colorado Department of Revenue, 1375 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80261; or by calling the Dept. of Revenue's Forms Hotline at (303) 232-2414. Provide specific FYI number referenced in this general information sheet.
Locally, the Chamber of Commerce has a "desk reference" on the tax incentives. Interested persons may review the reference in the Chamber office and ask for copies of specific items of interest. For on-line access to Department of Revenue "FYI" publications, http://www.revenue.state.co.us/TPS_Dir/wrap.asp?incl=fyi_index_rev
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