Gov't Affairs, Govt - National Assoc. of Realtors® (NAR)

Nation: NAR Says No Degree Needed for Appraisers

On May 9, 2017, NAR submitted a comment letter to the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) in response to the Third Exposure Draft concerning proposed changes to the AQB's Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. NAR agreed with the AQB's removal of the degree requirement for licensed residential appraisers, the basic appraiser qualification, and to instead require completion… Continue reading Nation: NAR Says No Degree Needed for Appraisers

Gov't Affairs, Govt - CO Assoc. of Realtors®, Govt - State of Colorado

Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

At an event organized by the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance this week, Governor Hickenlooper said transportation and health care will be the priorities of the 2018 legislative session. He voiced frustration that no health care bills survived this year’s session and said if “we all don’t give a little” health care will suck the money… Continue reading Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

Gov't Affairs, Govt - CO Assoc. of Realtors®, Govt - State of Colorado

Colorado: SB-267 Just a Drop in the Bucket

SB-267, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado,” a legislative compromise that solved the Hospital Provider Fee’s impact on the TABOR cap, will not solve Colorado’s transportation funding crisis. Over time the bill will generate $1.8 billion for transportation but 25 percent is slated for rural roads and 10 percent is dedicated to transit, leaving about $1 billion… Continue reading Colorado: SB-267 Just a Drop in the Bucket

Gov't Affairs, Govt - County Larimer, Govt Loveland

Loveland: Another DDA Vote This Fall

After the 2016 election and the failure of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) mill levy tax increase ballot question, the DDA Board and staff conducted a review and surveyed voters within the District. They concluded that one reason the ballot question failed to pass was because residential property owners within the DDA could see no… Continue reading Loveland: Another DDA Vote This Fall

Gov't Affairs, Govt - County Larimer, Govt Fort Collins

Fort Collins: Council Poised to Increase Capital Expansion Fees

On May 16, the Fort Collins City Council voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance on first reading to increase capital expansion fees (CEFs), which are charged for new residential and commercial/industrial developments to “make growth pay its own way.” Fort Collins began charging a transportation CEF, previously known as the street oversizing fee, in 1979… Continue reading Fort Collins: Council Poised to Increase Capital Expansion Fees

Gov't Affairs, Govt - County Boulder, Govt - County Weld, Govt Longmont

Longmont: A Host of Familiar Faces Running for Council

Former Longmont Mayor Roger Lange announced he will run again for mayor this fall. He served one term (2007-2009) before losing to Bryan Baum. Charlie Plagainos, an ethics consultant, filed candidacy paperwork for the mayor’s seat last month. Plagainos was the Republican candidate for the Colorado Legislature's Senate District 17 seat in 2012 and the… Continue reading Longmont: A Host of Familiar Faces Running for Council

Gov't Affairs, Govt - Nation

Nation: House Passes Health Reform Bill

On May 4, the House approved H.R. 1638, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on a vote of 217 – 213. All of the Democratic Representatives and 20 Republicans opposed the bill. The legislation replaces some provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. The outlook for the… Continue reading Nation: House Passes Health Reform Bill

Gov't Affairs, Govt - CO Assoc. of Realtors®, Govt - State of Colorado

Colorado: Transportation Measures Fail

Several significant transportation funding measures were introduced this session but neither bill survived. HB-1242 “New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue” was a bipartisan measure sponsored by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, but it died in a Senate committee opposed to new taxes. The bill was widely supported by a diverse coalition of… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Measures Fail

Gov't Affairs, Govt - CO Assoc. of Realtors®, Govt - State of Colorado

Colorado Association of REALTORS: Legislative Update

HB 1279 “Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval” CAR Position – Support. This bill passed the legislature and will be signed by the Governor next week, which is a major win for CAR. HB-1279 focuses informed consent and does nothing to stand in the way of individual owners who have a legitimate construction issue from… Continue reading Colorado Association of REALTORS: Legislative Update

Gov't Affairs, Govt - Northeastern Colorado, Govt - State of Colorado

Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25

To-date local governments in Northern Colorado have added significant funding to ensure North I-25 is improved and expanded. Larimer and Weld Counties, plus Johnstown, Fort Collins, Berthoud, Loveland, Timnath and Windsor, as well as McWhinney provided $25,000,000 in local contributions for the Phase 1 project adding an additional lane between SH 14 and SH 402.… Continue reading Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25