Boulder County Nederland EcoPass Public Improvement District Issue 5D
Tax for community-wide bus pass
Nederland residents will be voting on a proposed tax to collect up to $110,000 annually to pay for EcoPasses for all permanent residents of the district. The program would continue a pilot program launched in 2012 and funded then by a state grant and county funds in a 70/30 split. The estimated increase comes to $14.85 per $100,000 annually, or $42 per year based on the average property value. (Purchasing a monthly regional pass through RTD costs $176.)
Those in favor of the issue say ridership increased 45 percent during the pilot program and that’s led to a reduction of 90.3 metric tons of carbon emissions and cut 250,000 vehicle miles traveled in Boulder Canyon. Opponents say most residents don’t use their existing EcoPass, stating that ridership on the N route averages 400 passengers, or 12 percent of the population in the district that will be paying this proposed tax.
Commuter patterns are slow to change and the game against climate change is one in which we count any small victory as a worthwhile one, so we’ll endorse a yes vote on this issue.
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