PRIVATE PRISONS ARE AT RISK
Bent County is at Risk
Colorado Prison Utilization Study
IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING - RESCHEDULED
Your chance to be heard!
Crowley County: November 30, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
Bent County: December 1, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
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Colorado Prison Utilization Study - Public Hearing
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Bent County’s Private Prison is integral to the sustainability of our Community. Your Commissioners support keeping the private prison open and are holding this meeting to ensure Denver hears from you. All local input will be delivered to Colorado Legislators.
Impacts of closing or selling the Bent County Correctional Facility:
- Loss of Jobs – Approx. 220 employees, with $13.2 million annual payroll (BCCF is the County's largest employer)
- Over a $1.1 million loss of Property Tax to County, Fire, Ambulance, Schools, Water Districts, Cemetery, & Library. Districts would need to seek increases from the taxpayers to sustain services
- Decimation of residential property values
- Student counts, impacting school funding
- Increased Utility rates (due to loss of largest utility consumer)
- Loss of over $510,000 annually in additional fees
- Negative impact to social determinants of health and health equity
- Loss of sales tax revenue throughout the county