South Suburban tax measure passes

Posted 11/5/19

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Ballot Issue 7A was behind by just half a percentage point in early results on Election Night.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution of $25 or more in Nov. 2018-2019, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access Includes access to all websites


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

South Suburban tax measure passes

Posted

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District's tax adjustment measure, Ballot Issue 7A, passed by a narrow margin.

The measure passed with 51.4% of the vote, according to  unofficial results on Nov. 7, with 48.6% opposed. Results won't be finalized until Nov. 13.

Ballot Issue 7A allows South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, which covers a wide swath of the south Denver metro area, to adjust their mill levy rate up or down without voter approval starting in 2021.

According to the ballot language, the measure would help the district offset reduced revenue as a result of property tax reductions caused by the Gallagher amendment.

Colorado's residential property tax assessment rate fell to 7.15% from 7.2% in 2019, according to the Colorado General Assembly's website. The Gallagher Amendment adjusts residential property tax rates downward over time.

The measure does not allow the district to adjust the rate at will, but rather ties future changes to the current rate of 7.15%. 

The district's current mill levy rate is 8.364, according to South Suburban's 2019 budget. Voters have previously approved several increases to the levy, and in 2017 approved a measure that indefinitely extended the district's tax structure.

The district lost $85,000 in revenue as a result of this year's decrease in the asssessment rate, said Mike Braaten, South Suburban's deputy director. 

"The passage of 7A frees us from experiencing sudden drops in revenue, and allows us to keep up with inflation as we work to provide the recreational opportunities people want," Braaten said. 

Braaten said he can understand skepticism of the measure, and said the district's budget undergoes an annual audit and the process is overseen by an elected board. 

"We'll continue to be fiscally responsible," Braaten said.  "And we're happy to answer questions."

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.