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Thursday, October 6,2011

Vote 2011: Special Districts

By Boulder Weekly Staff

SPECIAL DISTRICTS


Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District Ballot Issue Nos. 4A and 4B

Yes x

No

The Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District wants to increase property taxes, not more than 3 mills, in an effort to develop a community park and recreational facilities like playgrounds and trails for hikers and mountain bikers, as well as maintain the open space and natural areas. The money would also be used for administrative purposes and operating expenses. Issue 4B “deTABORs” 4A, removing TABOR restrictions so that the district can collect, retain and spend the revenues collected from the property tax increase in 4A.

Parks, open space areas, trails, playgrounds, recreation facilities — these are the elements that help create community and provide safe places for families to be outdoors and enjoy their spare time. They may cost something upfront, but they become a resource for generations. Boulder Weekly supports a YES vote on both 4A and 4B.


Pine Brook Hills Boulder County Local Improvement District Issue 5A:

Yes x

No

Issue 5A is about whether Boulder County debt should be increased by $2.6 million, with an expected $4.6 million payback, or about $10,500 per home, for road rehabilitation in Pine Brook Hills, an unincorporated Boulder County townsite. The initial cost for paving was footed by the property owners whose land fronted the roads, with the county picking up maintenance costs. Following the 1995 Boulder County Comprehensive Plan, maintenance was defined as not including major road rehab, which the roads now need.

Pine Brook Hills includes some roads that remain unpaved, by resident vote, and some that are paved only in sections. Only one, Linden, is used by all residents to enter the district, and some residents feel that this confirms it as an artery, and thus is the county’s responsibility to repave.

Proponents of the issue say the measure is necessary because Boulder County is not required to repave the roads in unincorporated towns, only to do routine maintenance, and roads in these areas are old enough to need major repair in many cases. Opponents of the initiative argue that roads should be paid for only by the people who own property along them, not by the community at large.

Most of the funds would go to repaving the main roads, which everyone uses and which therefore fall apart most quickly. That makes good sense to us. If everyone uses the road, everyone should share the cost and benefits of maintaining road safety. Vote YES to take preventive care of these roads.


Crestview Estates Boulder County Local Improvement District Issue 5B

Yes x

No

Issue 5B deals with the case of Crestview Estates road repair. Residents of the local improvement district Crestview Estates would pay an estimated $10,565 per household to repay $871,000, which, with interest adjustments, would cost approximately $1.3 million to pay back. According to County Commissioner Will Toor, the repayment costs are top-end estimates, and the actual cost over a 15- to 20-year period may turn out to be significantly lower.

Proponents of the issue say the measure is necessary because Boulder County is not required to repave roads in unincorporated towns, only to do routine maintenance, and roads in these areas are old enough to need major repair, in many cases. Opponents of the initiatives argue that roads should be paid for only by the people who own property along them, not by the community at large. Most of the funds would go to repaving the main roads that everyone uses and which therefore fall apart most quickly.

We think safe, well-maintained roads are everyone’s concern.

Vote YES to make sure these roads are maintained.


Boulder County Mountains Forest Improvement District

Question 5C

Yes

No

Ballot issue 5C asks voters to create the Boulder Rocky Mountains Forest Improvement District for the primary purposes of improving forest health and the reduction of wildfire hazards. The ballot issue was proposed by the Boulder County commissioners but was initiated by citizen recommendation and a citizen advisory team. To date, no such district exists. The goals of the district would be to save lives, protect properties, enhance the environment and promote community in high-risk wildfire areas.

This ballot issue is stage one of a multi-stage process. Voting yes simply allows the county to create the district and a board of directors. Subsequent ballot issues will focus on funding initiatives. Vote YES to support wildfire prevention and forest and community health.


Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District Ballot Question 5D

Yes

No

Ballot issue 5D asks voters if the limit on the number of consecutive terms served by members of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District should be removed. Currently, board members are limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms. The ballot issue is proposed by the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, which was created three years ago when voters agreed to combine the Cherryville and Eldorado Springs Fire Districts.

Members of the district propose the bill, as they want to ensure that board members whose terms have expired can continue to serve, provided no one from the community chooses to challenge them in an election, which has not happened since the early 1990s. The passing of the ballot issue ensures that the district will see consistent management and prevent vacancies on the board. Vote YES.

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