Boulder County: Commissioners Choose Flood Recovery over Sustainability

Earlier this year a group of residents asked the Commissioners to consider a sustainability measure that would include support for energy efficiency, sustainability programs, and local food infrastructure. Surveys have consistently shown strong support for sustainability initiatives and in a poll earlier this year, sixty percent of Boulder County residents said they would support a sustainability tax. Boulder County Commissioners have long placed a high priority on sustainability, making it a guiding principle for the County.

However, over the last several months Boulder County has been weighing a number of questions and soliciting public feedback on regarding possible November ballot requests. The latest poll convinced the Commissioners that flood recovery and human services (safety net) programs should be the County’s priority.

The Commissioners released the following statement summarizing their position,At this time, with the recovery challenges we still have before us, we believe a flood recovery revenue measure and supporting our human services safety net should be our first priorities. We continue to believe, however, that the long term health and economic vitality of our county depends on our working together in our own towns, cities, and unincorporated county, to pursue ideas that help our residents, businesses and institutions reduce their environmental footprint. We know that climate change is already impacting Colorado with more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires and extreme weather events, and it is critical that we do what we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.”

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