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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