Department of Local Affairs awards $9.3M in severance tax dollars to local governments

Denver, CO – December 6, 2016 – The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) ) has announced the award of $9.3 million to 25 local governments as part of the Tier I and II Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Funds (EIAF) program. Of these awards, $1.6 million went to Broadband initiatives.

Severance tax collections in FY2016-17 are expected to remain at low levels with revenue forecasts showing a 43% percent reduction. As a result, DOLA will combine the next two grant cycles (December 2016 and April 2017) into one.

“The reduction in severance tax has made it challenging to strategically disperse funding to local governments who typically have large health and safety projects that must get done” said Irv Halter, executive director of DOLA. “By combining the next two cycles, communities will have more time to assess their priorities and submit applications accordingly.”

The next EIAF grant application deadline will be February 1, 2017.

The EIAF program assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land.

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