A new recreational marijuana tax and a measure to allow the city to lease out Internet infrastructure to private companies could be on Durango ballots in November.
But the City Council is looking to hear from Durangoans on both issues Tuesday before putting them to a vote.
The city is examining a special 5 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana to help fund upgrades to city buildings that can't be funded with existing revenue streams, said Sherri Dugdale, an assistant to the city manager.
The buildings that likely need to be replaced or remodeled include the Durango Police Station, the General Services Building, the Carnegie Building, City Hall and River City Hall.
The police department is the highest priority for the city because it is small and dated.
"I would love to see the police department moved," said Councilor Sweetie Marbury.
A different location could give police officers room to park their vehicles off the street, and it would allow the current building on East Second Avenue to be converted into a business.
The city is polling residents on whether they would prefer raising property taxes, sales taxes or instating a special sales tax on marijuana to fund construction. No estimates are available about how much construction could cost.
The city is also looking at what purpose the tax's revenue would fund when those building projects are finished.
City Manager Ron LeBlanc recently encouraged councilors to consider not restricting the funds for specific purposes so it could give future city leaders flexibility to use the money as needed.
But Marbury said the money should be earmarked to some degree.
The city seeks feedback on a prwoposed measure that would allow the city to lease infrastructure to private communication companies.
The city has more Internet fiber and conduit than it needs, and it would prefer the ability to lease it out. But a 2005 state law prevents this kind of agreement.