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For the past two months I’ve been walking neighborhoods for Ron and talking to friends and neighbors about their vision for our City. Most people comment that they want to see Centennial return to its roots of limited government. This is what we were all promised when Centennial was incorporated.
That’s what Ron stands for — a government that focuses on providing services we need like maintaining our roads and public safety and less on regulations that would ban parking recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods. Ron’s opponent, Candace Moon, in fact sponsored the latest discussion on banning recreation vehicles which does more to divide us as a community then bring us together.
In one of her greater ironies, Council member Moon has been critical of Ron for vacating his council seat in 2010 after a hard-fought election in 2009 where Ron beat her husband, Vorry. Ron had to move out of state for work after he lost his job and Vorry Moon was appointed to fill his council seat. Most of us would be gracious under these circumstances. Not Council Member Moon. For her, it’s just another opportunity to attack a neighbor.
Like many of my friends and neighbors, I’ve woken up one day without a job and wondered how I was going to pay the mortgage and support my family. We need people in leadership like Ron that understand the ups and downs of life and seek to lift up their neighbors, rather than bring them down.
I’m glad Ron is back and running for city council! I’m proud to walk for him and support him. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Ron Phelps!!
Over the past half billion years the earth’s climate has changed significantly a number of times. These climate changes were driven by volcanic eruptions and lava flows that released vast quantities of carbon and warmed the planet, or by carbon capture mechanisms, e.g., extensive forestation, that removed carbon from the atmosphere and cooled the planet. The geologic record tells us that five periods of mass extinction of plants and animals occurred during this time. These processes took many millennia to play out. Currently we are in a period when the planet should be cooling, with a repeat of an ice age, maybe 10,000 years from now. However, human activities are pumping carbon into the atmosphere and thus we are warming rather than cooling. When people ask me, “How much climate change is due to human activity”, I answer “100%”, otherwise our planet would be cooling.
There is no question that the industrial revolution improved our standard of living but the issue is will that continue to be the case. Prior to the industrial revolution, CO2 concentrations (the principle greenhouse gas) were around 200 to 280 ppm. Today they are above 400 ppm. It was in the late 1800s that scientists first discovered the relationship between greenhouse gases, CO2 in particular, and the warming of our planet. The more fossil fuel use, the more greenhouse gasses, the more warming of the planet. There is no scientific question that human activity is warming our planet.
It is important to understand that carbon buildup in the atmosphere can occur rather rapidly, as it is presently, but carbon removal from the atmosphere is a very long term process. So the carbon we have and will put into our atmosphere will be with us for centuries and significantly impact the lives of our children and generations to come. This is the reason that we must act now to reduce carbon emissions.
The warming of our earth’s atmosphere and oceans means more extreme weather events, including greater droughts and floods and the melting of sea ice and glaciers. Coastal communities are already being impacted and others are threatened with sea level rise and extreme weather. As the oceans absorb more CO2 they become more acidic and this threatens our marine food web and eventually most sea life. Today we are seeing how more severe heat waves are killing people, and rising average temperatures are eliminating critical habitats of animals and plants.
Some good things are beginning to happen. Use of renewable energy, solar and wind, is on the rise. Reliance on fossil fuels like coal is declining in the US. Other global players such as China and India are slowly following suit. Production of electric vehicles is increasing. These and other actions are economically driven and this will continue as most strategies to address climate change are economic winners, producing a more sustainable economy and social well-being. However, even with these actions, the United Nations (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) indicates not enough is being done to reduce carbon concentrations in our atmosphere and emissions are still going up. Furthermore, they tell us we have but one decade to change this or the consequences will be much more severe by 2050 and beyond.
Given that our current rate of pumping carbon into our atmosphere will certainly affect generations to come after us and could eventually doom our existence, why is more not being done? If we are honest we might say, “the affects take a long time to play out and most of us are happy with the way we live and don’t want to change all that much”. Okay, I get that, but the problem is deeper than that. Today, much of our government policy, and social, economic and institutional drivers are based on continued fossil fuel consumption. This is especially true because of the efforts of the fossil fuel industry, their lobbyists, and too many political leaders’ efforts to misinform; promoting false information on climate change that is not based in science.
The drivers promoting use of fossil fuels are both ubiquitous and insidious. Take our agroindustry for example. The mono-crop farming of corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. is built and reliant on the use of fossil fuels to fertilize, control insects and weeds, feed livestock and transport products long distances. To modify this arrangement will require not only that we farm differently, but also that we shop differently, and that supermarkets acquire food differently (locally and seasonally), and this means that we will eat differently. This is just one example of what we must change.
To combat the climate crisis that is around the corner we must each begin by educating ourselves on the subject and then communicate our knowledge and the urgency of finding solutions to as many people as possible. We must elect people who are curious, interested in understanding climate change, and willing to take decisive action to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels. We must be attentive and measure how we are progressing and hold others, especially elected officials and enterprise leaders, accountable for their actions. Above all, we must act and not be deterred or delayed by wishing for the status quo. Standing still or returning to the past are not options.
Bob DoyleGreenwood Village
At the Sentinel-sponsored City Council candidate forum on October 8, every ward-level challenger (Alison Coombs, Juan Marcano, and Bryan Lindstrom) expressed their support of taxpayer-funded “public enterprises” such as municipal broadband and municipal banks.
To be clear, what they are proposing is that the city gets into businesses that aren’t the job of the city, that it knows nothing about, and that should not be government-controlled.
Let’s look at them individually.
Many small cities and towns are experimenting with municipal broadband today. Less than half of these systems are able to cover their operating expenses, much less turn a profit. Provo, Utah, spent $39 million on public broadband, only to eventually sell to Google for one dollar. In Burlington, Vermont, excessive borrowing resulted in their credit rating being reduced to almost junk bond status. (Bear in mind, Aurora recently reached Moody’s AAA rating – the highest quality and lowest credit risk possible.)
Two candidates pointed to Longmont’s NextLight service as a model, which was introduced during a strong economy to fill a demand in an underserved market. What happens when the economy softens? Is there a need in Aurora not already served with reliable, fast Internet? And when you compare Longmont’s scant 29 square miles to Aurora’s 170 square-mile footprint, it’s easy to see there’s hardly a comparison.
Now, let’s consider municipal banking.
As I mentioned in the forum, municipal banking is not a new idea in America. They have been attempted many times over the last 200 years. All but one have failed. They were always marked by corruption.
Besides, it’s not cheap to start a bank. It would require billions of dollars in start-up capital, which would come directly from the pockets of taxpaying citizens. With the government in control, politics would undoubtedly drive lending decisions to fund pet projects, and direct dollars to a few at the expense of taxpayers. And every dollar we spend on this idea would be a dollar not spent on something else such as road maintenance, water acquisition, and public safety.
The Roosevelt Institute says it plainly on their website, “… municipal banks can advance and realize a broad set of redistributive and environmental objectives.” In other words, it’s about control, cronyism, and expanding government.
We do not know what the Aurora City CounciI will look like come November 6. What we do know is that it may include council members making risky bets with taxpayer money, if these are their ideas. We also know no major city has embraced municipal banking or municipal broadband.
And when California cities like L.A. and San Francisco turn ideas down, you had better think twice about just how extreme those ideas may be.
Françoise BerganAurora City Council Member, Ward VI
Our townhome community sits right across the street from The Streets at Southglenn mall. As a volunteer, Ron has given us a voice in the redevelopment plans calling for up to 1,600 additional apartments to be built where Sears and Macy’s now reside. On his own time, he has organized and led meetings to represent the neighborhoods and District 1’s interests in discussions with the developers and owners; and kept us apprised of updates at every turn. We know that Ron will fight to protect and preserve our neighborhood’s quality of life. In getting to know Ron, we’ve learned that he has been an active volunteer in the Centennial community ever since arriving here in 2003. He has served on several city and county citizen boards/committees and as a sheriff’s office victim advocate.
Join me and support a candidate who is a proven asset to our community – vote for Ron Phelps!
Richard A. KimblePresidentGlenn Oaks TownhouseOwners Association
I endorse Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes for City Council, District 3.
Over the last several years, the City Council has wrestled with several critical issues that will frame the future of our Village: Orchard Station; 5G Cellular standards; and the City-Wide Transportation Study are just a few great examples. Landmark issues such as these emphasize the importance of electing Councilmembers that speak for the people they represent. I’ve known and worked with both Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes on City matters for several years and I am confident they will be strong advocates for District 3. They will be accessible, approachable, and great stewards of the needs and desires of their constituents.
I invite you to join me in voting for Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes to represent District 3.
Steve MoranCity Council, District 3
Thank you Jessica Roe for your email concerning my article that appeared in the 9-26-19 edition of The Villager. I am including Bob, the publisher of The Villager, on this reply to ask him to post this correction in the next publication of The Villager to the following: although two people “died” at the 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting, more accurately ONE person was killed and the gunman then took his own life.
I appreciate you pointing this out to me. I sincerely hope you understand my intention was not to further victimize the families and friends of the Arapahoe HS shooting with semantics that lacked specificity on the cause of death, rather to emphasize the need for real change.
Thank you Bob and The Villager, for clarifying the meaning on the cause of death so that it is not misleading to your readers.
Please vote for Ron Phelps for Centennial City Council in District 1 on November 5th
I know Ron to be a conservative leader who will fight for our neighborhoods. He will follow limited government principles to guide his decisions and is a registered Republican. Ron is running against a liberal democrat who wants to grow government and place restrictions on private property. The Moons have created a dynasty by being on city council for 14 of the city’s 18 years of existence. That alone is reason to vote for Ron Phelps!
Ron knows that our individual rights are worth fighting for and that we – as citizens in Centennial – have to stand up and vote for to be represented by someone like Ron.
Join me and vote Republican for Ron Phelps!
I happened to read Jim Miller’s (Savvy Senior) article on how to get social security disability benefits when you can’t work. While it has some good information, there are some errors on important points that should be corrected so no readers are misled.
1. “You generally will be eligible only if you have a health problem that is expected to prevent you from working in your current line of work (or any other line of work that you have been in over the past 15 years)”
Actually, Social Security also evaluates whether you can do any other work, even work you have not done before, at step 5 of its sequential evaluation process. https://www.jameseducationcenter.com/articles/sequential-evaluation-process/
2. “If you’re fit enough to work part-time your application will be denied.” Actually, part-timers can collect Social Security Disability, to a point. The test is whether a person is engaged in (or capable of engaging in) “substantial gainful activity.” People earning under a certain amount are presumed to not be engaged in substantial gainful activity and can collect benefits (See https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/sga.html for the amounts). Social Security also has special “work incentive” programs that in some cases allow and encourage people with disabilities collecting benefits to try work under certain circumstances without losing their benefits. https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/ I hope this helps your readers better understand these programs. Best Wishes.
Kevin LiebkemannJackson, NJ
What a Bronco football game last Sunday, we won with the two-point conversion and then we lost on a 53 last second field goal by Chicago. I guess that proves for both teams, NEVER GIVE UP!
Enjoyed another car show Saturday at Landmark Lincoln/Mercury on Broadway. Have been at the car show at Heritage Eagle Bend, Cherry Hills Village and the daddy of them all was over 200 vintage cars at the Landmark dealership.
Wow, what a show of beautiful oldies and some of the classic Lincoln Continentals with the Continental kit on the trunk. This show raised money for St. Jude kids and the three prize winners all put money back in the donation bucket.
Hat’s off to the dealership! They did not display the new Lincolns cut had some vintage cars on the showroom floor, a class act by management.
Enjoyed seeing a 30-year friend, Louis Yacovetta called “Lincoln Lou,” who’s made the Lincoln Hall of Fame in car sales at Landmark.
Some of the classic cars are featured in this week’s Villager.
Thursday evening attended a welcome party at Cherry Hills Country Club for new CSU President Dr. Joyce McConnell. She is the first women in history to become the president of a land grant university, first established by President Abraham Lincoln. She hails from Virginia and visited with area CSU alumni at the reception.
Speaking briefly, she said that she moves quickly and expects results in her administration. She was impressive in her down-to- earth style and friendly manner. The cowboys and cowgirls at CSU have a new wrangler that will add some academia to the institution.
At the reception I met Susie Law, who with her CSU husband have a winery on Peachy Canon Rd. in Paso Robles, CA. I’m going to try a bottle of their wine under the trade name of Law Estate Wines.
I needed some car repairs recently and had Carter Automotive recommended to me located at 7079 Jordan Rd. Sure enough the owner Carter Bisson lived up to his good reputation and quickly fixed the automotive challenge. In need of a good mechanic who gets things done quickly, give him a call at 303-400-8941.
After the Landmark car show Gerri and I spent the afternoon cruising around the Park Meadows Mall. What an amazing institution that restores my faith in retail sales. There was a large number of Sat. shoppers, including attorney John Head, long time friend. We visited the UNTUCKit shirt store that we see advertising on television with shirts that go untucked.
We purchased a white shirt with blue cuffs for a family birthday member but passed on the many plaid patterns. I like the concept, but they could use a better fabric designer.
We went upstairs in the mall to my favorite Tommy Bahama store where they did have several shirts that were to my liking and they don’t have to be tucked inside trousers.
The Apple store was packed with the introduction of new model Apple phones with a deluxe model with night vision, wide angle and telephoto lenses.
We then met some long-time friends from Craig Ron and Jeannie Higgins, who won third place with their 1903 Olvera vintage car at the Landmark auto show. They donated all of their prize money to the St. Jude benefit bucket. We had an evening dinner at the Longhorn Steak House directly across the street from Park Meadows and it was excellent. Jeannie was our first reporter at the Craig newspaper that we operated in my hometown for 19 years.
She ended up purchasing the town’s leading ladies dress shop and her husband Ron ended as a partner in the local car dealership. They were both young and willing to take a risk and worked day and night.
They are both now retired but take their antique car to various auto shows the around country. This award-winning horseless carriage “Ollie” is almost one of a kind that wins many car show awards. (See the photo elsewhere.) Ollie birth place was in Cases Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. It is told that Mormons who had migrated there from the United. States built Ollie. He was restored in 2000 with one cylinder with a one-gallon gas tank and can travel at speeds of 18 to 20 miles per hour.
I watched the Democrat debate Thursday night and didn’t see a clear winner. Vice-President Biden appears to be holding his lead over the field. So far it is hard to tell who the final candidate will be at this point in time.
John Bolton got the Trump axe this past week. While I like Bolton, President Trump is attempting to scale down the conflicts and bring our troops home. Bolton is a hawk and after 18 years it is time to end these wars. That may not be possible with drones destroying Saudi oil refineries pointing to Iranian assistance in the attacks. We’re very close to more conflict with Iran.
I’d like to share one of the highlights of my volunteer service on Greenwood Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Recently, we have begun reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and one of us gets the honor and privilege of leading our fellow Commissioners.
Like many of you, you might have said the pledge every school day. I remember it being standard practice but as an adult, not so much. How refreshing it was when, for the first time in a very long time, I recited the pledge and really processed the words and what they mean.
What a great way to start any meeting and to remember everyday why it’s important to “pledge allegiance”. Try it sometime!
Henny LasleyPlanning and Zoning CommissionerDistrict 1
We have a tradition to take one of our children, and now grandchildren, on a trip when they graduate from high school. Our oldest one wanted to go to Dachau. Our granddaughter said that she wanted to go to Paris. Wow, what a difference a generation can make. We had one stipulation. We were going to visit Omaha Beach. She said, “What is that?” Now I understand that she is not a self-centered brat. She is a lovely young lady who has grown up in the academic system of our times. All high school students, I believe, should be informed about one of the greatest military invasions in history to preserve freedom and destroy tyranny. She saw Pointe du Hoc where men climbed a cliff to destroy a German machine gun nest while risking their lives. Four out of five men died during that assault. She saw a graveyard with white crosses as far as the eye could see. She had tears in her eyes when she saw the ages on the crosses.
While leaving we had lunch in Bayeux at an outside restaurant. A man came up to us and asked, “Are you American?” Of course, we answered yes. Then he said, “We will never forget what you did for us, and my grandson here is going to remember also.” He was holding the hand of a nice-looking boy about seven. This happened, by the way, to be June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day. It was a powerful moment for all of us. Our granddaughter asked, “Why was I never told about this?”
We went on to Paris, but her last comment was, “Omaha Beach was the most important part of my trip.”
Bravo to Mort Marks for his “Religion – are we losing an American tradition?” editorial piece (REMARKS August 29, 2019). While age may not necessarily increase one’s wisdom, it does provide a much broader perspective in which to gage contemporary trends. I grew up in a time when Judeo-Christian values were widely accepted in society and as a result, members of society had a basic concept of right from wrong. You may remember in the late 1980’s when Harvard Business School was offered $20 million to endow business ethics. After five years, the school admitted they had no idea how to teach ethics. The problem is that ethics and morals in our country are so fluid that there is no firm standard of conduct. We look to entertainers, sports figures and politicians to tell us what we should believe. With the loss of our Judeo/Christian-based values, our country has lost its moral compass. As a result, our adults are angry and our children confused. Is there any surprise that disrespect, violence, and teen suicide (3rd leading cause of death) are becoming commonplace?
Religion is not simply a valuable tradition. It is much more. It is where we find a sustainable and unchanging set of values. Values which are timeless and provide standards for living that have historically proven to be in the best interests of both the individual and society. Without a set of resolute and unwavering standards by which to gage our leaders, how are we to choose?
John Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in May 17, 1776 said, “It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to support and establishment of both.”
God bless America,
Bob BrooksElder, Highline Community ChurchGreenwood Village
Commissioners Baker and Sharpe,
Thank you for conducting the “Town Hall” meeting and your letter in the August 15 issue of The Villager about our Arapahoe County fiscal requirements, including the horrific, unacceptable to me, possibility of considering a property tax increase being on our November 2019 ballot.
First, it is only right to state my knowledge and qualifications to write about the matter.
Since your highly informative Town Hall meeting, I think although I know probably three or four times as much as I did about the situation, I feel I know even a smaller proportion of what I should know to form a credible opinion.
It is my personal opinion our good Sheriff grossly went into far too much detail and repetition about the inadequacies of our present jail.
The point for the need of a new jail facility was full well and convincingly made early on and then the horse continually still beaten and kicked over and over, far too long after its quite apparent demise!
Freda Miklin of The Villager tells us the Arapahoe County Long Range Planning Committee recommends letting the courthouse and DA offices be dropped as construction options for now and building the jail from a property tax increase passed on the November 2019 ballot.
That position opens more questions for the concerned, voting citizen to know the answers:
We were informed Arapahoe County is both one of Colorado’s fastest-growing counties and simultaneously one of its counties with among the lowest property tax rates.
The question then begs to answer is why our Arapahoe County government’s goal or objective is not to become THE Colorado County so well organized and operated as to have THE LOWEST TAX RATE in the state, rather than to want to join the great majority mass of higher taxers?
What, please, were the options identified and examined for a new jail?
What factors made the selected design a winner compared to unselected options?
Was the idea explored of building another facility to relieve the present inadequacy until the present facility could be renovated and become a fiscally frugal part of a newer, multi-facility complex?
What is the time frame for the use of a new facility, constructed now, until it needs more capacity?
What, specifically, is the committee’s design recommendation for our new jail and for how long is it supposed to be adequate?
What does the present board of commissioners foresee doing to avoid future Arapahoe County governments being saddled with unplanned for facility requirements for one of Colorado’s fastest-growing counties?
How and why can/should Arapahoe County citizen-taxpayers rest assured we have a fiscally responsible, forward anticipating government in place that will not allow the county to fall into a very similar, unforeseen, unanticipated, but easily foreseeable/expected abyss again?
Why should we citizens not consider the use of a twenty five-member Arapahoe County Long Range Planning Committee and its recommendations to be a mere charade to distract us from the inescapable, ultimate responsibility of the Board of Commissioners?
What Arapahoe County expenditures will be unmet in order to build a new jail if the tax raise goes on the ballot and is defeated?
My unchanged position remains, “NO NEW TAXES!”
We have clearly procrastinated far too long to decide to provide a larger, more updated jail facility.
Our previous, delayed, imprudent inaction is not reason present-day taxpayers should be required to cough up more money through increased property taxes!
When I commuted daily across Hampden Avenue, I used to frequently observe another auto with a prescient bumper sticker saying, “Sure, you can trust the government; ask an Indian!” Stuck out tongue, winking eye.
We must pray and hope that is not relevant to this situation!
Thank you for being my Commissioners and for the fine County in which we are proud to reside by choice!
Lou SchroederGreenwood Village
Surprise medical bills have become summer 2019’s hottest ticket if television ads are to be trusted. When patients seek emergency care outside their insurance network, unforeseen bills can result. When patients cannot afford to pay, insurers and doctors are stuck having to negotiate payment. Congress is scheduled to consider legislation dealing with these surprise medical bills after its summer recess. But the remedy currently contemplated by many lawmakers–government price controls–is highly misguided. Other government programs, such as Medicaid, rely on price controls. We see the results. Doctors who serve Medicaid patients must do so at highly discounted rates. As a result, many doctors refuse to serve the Medicaid population. Medicaid beneficiaries then have access to far fewer quality providers. Subjecting yet another group of medical procedures–in this case, procedures that result in unpaid surprise medical bills–to price controls will make matters worse. Price controls result in shortages. That means less access to quality care for patients and even more distortions of the medical marketplace.
Lawmakers should say no to more price controls and look for a better way to resolve surprise medical bills.
Nancy DotyLittleton, Colorado
I read with interest the op-ed column Crime and today’s societyin your August 15th issue. The premise of the column is that “today’s crime statistics are much worse than they were 10 or 20 years ago.” Well, I have good news. Crime in the USA has decreased dramatically since 1991.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, from 1991 to 2016, the overall crime rate per 100,000 population decreased from 5,856 to 2,857, the violent crime rate dropped from 716 to 366, with the murder rate dropping from 9.8 to 5.3.
It’s always nice to read some good news for a change.
Bob SteiertCherry Hills Village
If Aurora voters are looking for someone with the experience, leadership and determination to make a positive difference for Aurora, they should vote for Mike Coffman as their next mayor.
As the former Aurora Fire Chief, I got to know Mike well. He cares deeply about our first responders and will make public safety his top priority.
Mike’s background as a leader in the military, in business, and in government makes him uniquely qualified to lead our city as the next Mayor of Aurora. No other candidate running for Aurora Mayor has the experience that Mike Coffman has in understanding how a large organization, like the Aurora Fire Rescue functions.
Firefighters understand what sacrifice and dedication to duty really mean. So does Mike Coffman. He spent 21 years in the military.
For Aurora Mayor, it’s not a close call.
Vote Mike Coffman.
R. Mike GarciaFormer Aurora Fire Chief
My vote for the most influential person in Arapahoe County would be Mr. Bob Baker, who happens to be the South Metro Fire District Fire Chief. More important than the sheriff or the mayors of the municipalities that have turned their fire departments over to South Metro? Absolutely! And South Metro includes parts of Douglas and Jefferson counties. You see, the sheriff and the cities, etc. are governed by statutes and laws. Not so for the Fire Chief. South Metro can make their own rules. About the middle of June, The Villager had an article regarding the cancellation of the June Block Party in downtown Littleton. The cancellation was the result of the ridiculous restrictions that South Metro saddled the Littleton Downtown Merchants Assoc. with. And the restrictions were only given to the Merchants Assoc. about two weeks before the planned event. Inquiries to South Metro about where the statutes, regulations, etc. could be located, fell on deaf ears. Many Momma and Papa arts and craft people had already geared up for the event, as did the restaurants and bars. The Block Party is one of the biggest revenue generators of the year. The city lost sizable tax revenue. No consideration for those that had already bought into the event.
This past Thursday evening, I went to the Littleton Elks Lodge for bingo. The bingo had to be canceled due to lack of participants. The Elks have a parking lot behind their lodge with 40-50 parking spaces. But they were setting up an awning tent in the back of the lodge for Friday evening’s outside band, a kickoff to Littleton’s Western Welcome Week, to include a pig roast. On Thursday evening, since this awning tent had been setup on a small portion of the lot,
South Metro says that they could not use the rest of the lot for automobile parking. Why you ask? Beats me. The View House restaurant also uses an adjacent lot, that was full, had to have lost considerable revenue.
South Metro has a budget of approximately $127 million and that isn’t much when you consider that it requires 3-4 vehicles and about 8-10 firemen for every sprained ankle. No one seems to know where the exorbitant permit fees go, that are now being charged. To the city or to South Metro? Is there any accountability?
We appreciate residents taking the time to share thoughts on the current conversation Arapahoe County is having on priorities. We share your commitment to spend resources wisely – in fact, fiscal responsibility is at the core of our mission, values and how we measure performance. Arapahoe County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state – 800,000 are likely to call Arapahoe County home by 2030, making us the most populous county in the metro area.
As you may know, property taxes are the primary source of funding for the county. And while we collect property taxes, only about 15 percent of what we collect is for county use. The rest goes to school districts, cities and towns within the county and other special districts that provide things like water, fire response services and support for people living with developmental disabilities. While TABOR allows the State of Colorado to account for population in its spending, that calculation is not allowed for counties. Growth in our county property tax is dependent upon growth in inflation and new construction, which is generally less for Arapahoe County than population growth, resulting in slower growth in our primary revenue source.
As the populations grows, so does the need for county services, such as roads, human services, and criminal justice. And much of our infrastructure is aging. The challenge is how do we keep up with the demands of growth and maintain our current facilities. That’s what we’ve asked our long range planning committee and the community to weigh in on, which will inform the Board’s decision-making process. You can learn more at www.arapahoegov.com/countyconversations.
Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts. It is engaged citizens like you who have made our county great and will continue to keep us on the right path in the future.
Commissioner Jeff BakerDistrict 3Commissioner Nancy SharpeDistrict 2
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