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Dustin Zvonek hopes to bring government experience to Aurora Council

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Before serving on the City of Aurora’s Citizens Advisory Budget Committee, Dustin Zvonek ran the Aurora district office for Mayor Mike Coffman when Coffman was a Member of Congress. Before that, he was a policy director at the state legislature for the state senate minority leader. A husband and a father …

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Transforming the blueprint for housing development in Colorado

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Common Sense Institute (CSI) is a non-partisan issue-driven non-profit organization of local business leaders that brings together experts of varied backgrounds to support Colorado’s economic vitality through sound fiscal and economic research. On June 25, CSI president Kristin Strohm presented CSI’s two 2021 Terry J. Stevinson Fellows, who summarized their …

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Why doesn’t GV ever get citizen input for its capital improvement program?

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The City of Greenwood Village spent $15.2 million on capital projects in 2018, $18 million in 2019, $19.8 million in 2020, and expects to spend $10.8 million in 2021. For at least the past six years, the GV city council has had an item on the agenda of its …

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GV used its reserves to balance its budget in 2020

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On June 7, Greenwood Village Finance Director Shawn Cordsen presented to the city council the 103-page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2020, an 11-page financial governance communication from the city’s auditors, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), and a one-page management letter from CLA outlining two areas of …

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CHV Council looks at proactive options for its long-term finances

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On May 18, the Cherry Hills Village City Council reviewed several different projections of future revenues and fund balances in its general, capital, and parks and recreation funds going out to the year 2042. The multiple forecasts included different assumptions about changes in various sources of tax revenue, all …

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Centennial Community Grant Program now available

The City of Centennial has launched a community grant program to enhance and foster neighborhood collaboration. The intention of this program is to reduce code violations and spur additional private investment within neighborhoods through the support of resident-led improvement projects and engagement opportunities. Two types of grants are available and both  continue to pursue the …

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