Boulder County Subdivision Paving Public Improvement District Issue 5C
Formation, Mill Levy and Debt Authorization
If you’ve ever been in a trailer park, you’ve seen the signs: Privately Managed Road, End of City Maintenance, things like that. Within that little subdivision, the city isn’t maintaining the roads because the residents of that subdivision should pay to keep up what are basically their private roads.
ballot issue is asking the same thing about subdivisions in
unincorporated Boulder County. Roads in these subdivisions are aging and
haven’t been kept up adequately; now, saying they lack money for
repairs, the Boulder County Commissioners have referred this question
about creating a new paving district to voters.
yes vote means a new Public Improvement District (PID) is created,
putting all those subdivisions together and raising taxes on them to
repair the roads. A no vote means the same thing. See, the
commissioners also have the power to create a Local Improvement District
(LID) themselves and implement fees — shaky ground, TABOR-wise, but it
does have precedent — to repair the roads. The commissioners’ website
says a PID is the wiser choice to assure long-term upkeep and is a
“permanent solution” over the “temporary fix” of the LID, and it says
there’s no avoiding a new district: A LID is coming if voters reject the
So like it or not, these subdivisions are being placed in a district and are being charged to repair their roads. It’s just like the trailer parks with their signs — except this is something residents probably didn’t know they’d have to do at some point. LID payments aren’t tax-deductible, and PID payments typically are. We recommend a yes vote to avoid these voters having to pay twice to two different levels of government.
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