On August 17, 2023, the Board of County Commissioners approved three measures for the November, 2023 ballot. The first is an extension of the Nederland Eco Pass program. Only voters who reside in the Nederland district will be voting on whether to extend the existing 1.85 mills for another ten years to fund ecopasses for all residents of the district. === New this year is an opportunity for businesses within the district to provide an ecopass for their employees. If approved, as with all RTD ecopasses, participants will be able to ride any RTD bus or train without paying an additional fare.
PARKS AND OPEN SPACES
The Commissioners also approved a ballot measure to extend an existing 0.05% parks and open space sales tax for an additional 15 years to fund acquisition and maintenance of Boulder County open space lands.
Boulder County residents have approved various sales taxes to support the preservation of open space purchases, the management and conservation of native habitats, and support of recreational opportunities. Money raised by these sales taxes supports acquisition of open space by allowing the county to purchase new properties as well as pay off bonds that enabled earlier open space purchases. The funds also pay for programs that help preserve habitat, provide educational and recreational programs and create and maintain trails.
For more information, visit the Open Space Funding Sources.
ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING FACILITY
And, we approved a ballot measure that will repurpose an existing 0.185% sales tax that is currently funding a new Alternative Sentencing Facility for affordable and attainable housing. Voters approved this tax in 2018 for a five-year period to fund construction of an Alternative Sentencing Facility that will house offenders who are sentenced to community-based sentences such as community corrections and work-release.
That voter-approved tax will expire on December 31, 2024. If the voters approve an extension of that tax, we will be able to fund badly needed affordable and attainable housing throughout Boulder County along with supportive services that will help people who are at risk of becoming homeless retain their housing. Information about each of these measures is available here. I am happy to provide more information about how these funds will be spent.
……………Claire Levy, Boulder County Commissioner