Longmont: Motion to Reconsider Inclusionary Zoning Fails

At the beginning of the April 4th City Council meeting, Council member Polly Christensen made a motion to direct the City Manager to add a discussion of inclusionary zoning – requiring builders to deed restrict a portion of new development and dedicate it affordable housing — to a future agenda. She claimed the Work ForceContinue reading “Longmont: Motion to Reconsider Inclusionary Zoning Fails”

Public School Funding in Colorado

  Unfortunately, like most key issues, K-12 funding has become partisan. Often it comes down to a debate centered on whether more funding creates better schools. I want to avoid that particular topic here. It is clear from the November ballot that our school districts believe they need more money to provide a quality education.Continue reading “Public School Funding in Colorado”

Fort Collins: Voters Will Consider De-Brucing (Again)

TABOR (the Taxpayer Bill of Rights), is complicated – very complicated – and the resulting challenges are endless. Fort Collins voters gave the City the authority to “de-Bruce,” or keep additional revenues, in 1997. In 2010 voters approved a .85 percent sales and use tax called Keeping Fort Collins Great (KFCG) in 2010. The taxContinue reading “Fort Collins: Voters Will Consider De-Brucing (Again)”

Colorado: Nine Potential Ballot issues

The Secretary of State is still reviewing signatures for five ballot initiatives that could be on the November ballot. If all five are approved, voters will see a total of nine questions on the ballot, all of which would amend Colorado’s constitution. Colorado is one of the easiest states in which to amend a constitution.Continue reading “Colorado: Nine Potential Ballot issues”

Larimer County: Group Pushing for Mental Health Ballot Question

A group called People for a Healthier Larimer County (PHLC) is lobbying for a .025 sales tax increase (25 cents per $100) to build a new mental health facility. The 51,000 SF building would offer 24-hour mental health services. Currently, residents experiencing a mental health crisis have few options; they can go to the emergencyContinue reading “Larimer County: Group Pushing for Mental Health Ballot Question”

Boulder: Council to Pursue Affordable Housing Sales Tax

At a study session the City Council confirmed its desire to set a goal of 10 percent for affordable housing units (rental and owned). Using this number, it means currently Longmont would need 3,800 housing units to meet this goal. In her opening remarks, Kathy Fedler the City’s Housing and Community Investment Manager, noted “WeContinue reading “Boulder: Council to Pursue Affordable Housing Sales Tax”

Larimer County: Thompson District Ballot Measure(s) Likely

It is likely that voters in the Thompson School District will consider one or more ballot measures this fall, according to Superintendent Stan Scheer. The District’s Master Plan Committee has proposed a list of projects known collectively as Thompson Reinvented. The District’s population is growing and new schools will be needed to keep up with demand.Continue reading “Larimer County: Thompson District Ballot Measure(s) Likely”

Boulder: Growth Debate Could Go to the Ballot Box

Activists are attempting to put two measures on the November ballot that would put additional requirements on new development. The City Attorney’s Office has until Monday to provide feedback on the wording of the initiatives; then supporters will have have 90 days to collect 4,511 valid signatures. The first amendment “Development Shall Pay Its OwnContinue reading “Boulder: Growth Debate Could Go to the Ballot Box”

Larimer: 3rd Candidate Makes Commissioner Ballot

Fort Collins resident and perennial candidate Eric Sutherland successfully petitioned his way on the November ballot. Sutherland cites problems with government transparency as his main reason for running. He claims that the County over-collected revenues from the 1997 courthouse sales tax that will be used to pay for the new County facility in downtown Loveland. InContinue reading “Larimer: 3rd Candidate Makes Commissioner Ballot”