Xcel Energy contends that there is “simply no advantage to forming a utility in the way that Boulder is attempting.” This unsupported statement gives me pause and compels me to set the record straight.
A spokesperson for the oil and gas industry is claiming that local anti-fracking groups benefit from just as much financial support as the industry when it comes to campaigning on the upcoming oil and gas ballot measures in Boulder and Lafayette.
Just five people will get to vote to raise taxes in the Superior Town Center Metropolitan Districts, and at least two of them — James Brzostowicz and Isabella Goodson — have some connection to Randy Goodson, the developer in charge of the project. It’s safe to say this will pass.
In this case, it’s about expertise. Nobody is getting rich off the government payroll here; instead, after eight years they’re on their way out and a new board member must become familiar with the district’s assets and needs.
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.
In 2011, Colorado spent $2,722 less per student than the national average, according to the Colorado School Finance Project, and has increased at a slower rate than the national average over the last 20 years.