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State makes start-up loans available for small businesses

The State of Colorado, through its Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), recently created the Colorado Startup Loan Fund with $31.35 million available for loans from $10,000 to $150,000 for small businesses. Fifteen mission driven non-profit lenders and community development financial institutions located all around the state are accepting applications and making the …

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23 children born abroad become U.S. citizens

On November 15, 23 children and young adults, from age six to 18, received citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Denver Field Office. The Oath of Allegiance was administered by Sarah Kendall, USCIS Central Region director, who came from Washington, D.C. for the occasion.  The children, who were born in the countries …

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New lodger’s tax is approved in Littleton, rejected in Centennial

Lodgers’ taxes are a popular way for local governments to increase revenue because, much like car rental taxes, they are mostly paid by visitors, a/k/a people who don’t vote in local elections. In Colorado, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) requires that all tax increases, including new taxes, must be approved by a vote of …

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Centennial City Council Approves Proposed 2023/2024 Budget

Submitted by Allison Wittern The proposed budget for 2023 and 2024 as well as a multiyear Capital program for the City of Centennial has received unanimous approval by City Council,. The 2023/2024 package is the first biennial budget to be adopted by the City. “The biennial budget strengthens the City’s alignment with City Council’s strategic …

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Cherry Hills Village expects revenue of $13 million in 2023

At a study session of the Cherry Hills Village City Council on October 3, Doug Farmen, CHV director of finance and administration, presented highlights from the proposed 2023 City Budget. The official budget presentation is scheduled for first reading and a public hearing on November 15.  Total 2023 revenues for the city are expected to …

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GV revenue for 2023 is projected to hit $60 million

The 2023 citywide budget passed by the Greenwood Village City Council on October 17 anticipates revenue of $59.7 million, a four percent increase over this year’s amended budget, despite a reduction in 2023 of $3.5 million, or 45%, in intergovernmental revenue, including almost $2 million that GV banked in 2022 from the American Rescue Plan.  …

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Landmark Towers again asks GV City Council for trash pickup, gets no response

On October 17, Greenwood Village City Council passed its 2023 budget, including an expected $6.4 million surplus in its general fund. That budget also included data that showed that, as of September 2022, GV anticipated collecting $4 million more in sales tax in 2022 than the amount contained in its most recent amended budget.  Residents …

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GV City Council rejects the policy of its Arts and Humanities Council causing one member to resign and leaving others reeling

In 2011, the Greenwood Village City Council (GVCC) passed a city ordinance to make the powers, duties, and operation of its Arts and Humanities Council (GVAHC) official. That law, unchanged in the past decade, says that, “Monies required for the operation of the (Arts) Council shall come from donations, proceeds of fundraising events, and grants …

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