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Arapahoe County Open Spaces awards over $24 million in grants to local governments

On September 9, Arapahoe County Open Spaces (ACOS) held its annual Shareback and Competitive Grant Award Ceremony, where it announced competitive grants awarded to cities, towns and special districts from funds generated by the county’s 0.25% sales tax, in addition to the approximately $19 million that it shares back directly with local governments. All receipts …

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CHV City Council approves sales tax ballot issue

After conducting significant research and education of Cherry Hills Village residents on the issue, including presentations at multiple homeowner association meetings, mailing of postcards, and articles in The Crier and this newspaper, at its regular meeting on August 16, the CHV City Council unanimously approved a resolution placing the Remote Sales Tax Ballot Issue before …

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With annual revenue $7 million over budget, GV will raise employees’ pay $2.5 million

For many years, Greenwood Village surveyed other cities in Colorado about their pay ranges for municipal jobs and adopted a pay scale based on comparable salaries for comparable positions.  After being told that the city had a 10.5% attrition rate just through August 15 and was losing employees to higher-paying positions, on August 16, the …

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New Western Governors Chair Jared Polis advances geothermal energy initiative

On June 30, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis was elected as the new chair of the Western Governors Association (WGA), a group consisting of the governors of the 19 westernmost states in the U.S. For those who keep score, 11 of the current governors who comprise the WGA are Republicans and eight are Democrats. On July …

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Improving affordability and accessibility of childcare

On July 19, Common Sense Institute (CSI) and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) presented a panel discussion on, “The growing strain on the childcare business model and economic impacts and opportunities for improving affordability and accessibility.” Luige del Puerto, editor of Colorado Politics and Denver Gazette moderated. Kristin Strohm, CSI president and CEO …

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Denver officials have not agreed to a solution for Belleview & I-25

It has been nearly two and a half years since the most recent preferred alternative to address the traffic congestion at Belleview & I-25 was agreed on by eight out of the nine members of the executive committee of the I-25 & Belleview Interchange Improvement Study. The only member of the executive committee that is …

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CDHS names new director of the Office of Behavioral Health

Leora Joseph has been hired as the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). OBH now includes the two Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo and Fort Logan and Forensic Services. Joseph will lead the office in diversifying the programs and settings to serve clients’ individual needs …

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CHV will ask voters to approve a language change to modernize its sales tax code 

The current language of the Cherry Hills Village municipal code only imposes a duty to collect the city’s 3½% municipal sales tax on businesses that have a physical location within the city. The city has determined it needs to update its policies. It is not proposing a tax increase. In a town hall meeting with …

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Greenwood Village ended 2021 with $62 million in the bank, up $11 million from 2020, as its population declined

According to the City of Greenwood Village Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2021, the city ended last year with a “combined fund balance of $61,882,679, representing an increase of $10,842,413 when compared to the prior year.”  Approximately 63.4% of the fund balance, or $39,219,288 is available for spending at the …

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CML executive board members elected

Municipal officials from around the state elected representatives to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) Executive Board during CML’s Annual Business Meeting, held in Breckenridge on June 23. New to the Board: John Fogle, Loveland, councilmember Seth Hoffman, Lone Tree, city manager Dana Sherman, Brush. mayor Re-elected to the Board: Larry Atencio, Pueblo, councilmember Carrie Hartwell, …

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