Government Affairs Update: Loveland




February 7, 2019

Council Approves Sales Tax Increase Outreach

At its annual retreat, the Loveland City Council agreed the City should proceed with public engagement regarding a possible .5 percent sales tax increase for capital projects. The idea was suggested last year but was delayed to give the Thompson School District a better chance of passing its mill levy override and bond measures.

As of now, the proposed project list includes a new recreation center on the west side of the city, widening U.S. 34, expanding the Loveland Museum, a satellite branch for the Loveland Public Library, improvements to Taft Avenue, underpasses under arterial streets for recreational trails and replacing Fire Station 3 and renovating Fire Station 5. The Council agreed a poll of randomly selected residents will be the first step in determining which projects citizens might support.

Ultimately the Council will have responsibility for determining if there is enough of an “appetite” for increasing the sales tax this November. At this point, the Council is clearly divided both on the need for such a tax increase and which projects should be included. In addition to the poll, a citizen task force has been convened to provide input on the final project list.

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