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South Suburban Board supports Ballot Question 7A on the November 5 Special Election

Oct 10 2019

South Suburban Park and Recreation District Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of a “yes” vote on Ballot Question 7A. The measure addresses a mill-levy adjustment, commonly referred to as a de-Gallagherization, for the November 5, 2019 special election. If passed, this ballot measure will not increase existing tax rates in 2020.

Ballot Question 7A asks voters to allow the District to adjust its mill levy rate up or down beginning in 2021, if needed, to offset revenue losses due to state-mandated changes in the residential assessment rate due to the Gallagher Amendment. State-mandated adjustments in the residential assessment rate have reduced the available revenue used to maintain services and facilities provided by the District.

The Board advocates the passage of Ballot Question 7A to ensure the District maintains a sustainable level of funding to continue providing critical core services, including, but not limited to:

  1. Preserving and maintaining natural areas, open space and parks throughout the District,
  2. Extending, improving and maintaining walking, biking and hiking trails, such as High Line Canal, Lee Gulch, Mary Carter Greenway, Big Dry Creek and Willow Creek,
  3. Repairing, maintaining and improving existing parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds, and
  4. Providing opportunities for active recreation for children, youth, adults and seniors.

The South Suburban Park and Recreation District Board of Directors expresses its strongest possible support for Ballot Question 7A and confirms that this is a vitally important measure necessary to ensure the continued maintenance, improvements and provision of high-quality District facilities and services for its residents. The SSPRD Board strongly recommends a “yes” vote on Ballot Question 7A.

SOUTH SUBURBAN PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUE 7A:

WITHOUT RAISING THE TAX LEVY RATE IN 2020, SHALL SOUTH SUBURBAN PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO ADJUST THE DISTRICT’S MILL LEVY RATE UP OR DOWN BEGINNING IN 2021 AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER IF NEEDED TO OFFSET REVENUE LOSSES RESULTING FROM STATE-MANDATED PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT RATE REDUCTIONS (CAUSED BY THE “GALLAGHER AMENDMENT”) IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN NECESSARY SERVICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. PRESERVING AND MAINTAINING NATURAL AREAS, OPEN SPACE AND PARKS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, 
     
  2. EXTENDING, IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING WALKING, BIKING AND HIKING TRAILS, SUCH AS HIGH LINE CANAL, LEE GULCH, MARY CARTER GREENWAY, BIG DRY CREEK, AND WILLOW CREEK, 
     
  3. REPAIRING, MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING EXISTING PARKS, RECREATION FACILITIES AND PLAYGROUNDS, AND
     
  4. PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVE RECREATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, ADULTS AND SENIORS, 

SO LONG AS THE DISTRICT PREPARES ANNUAL AUDITS ON DISTRICT EXPENDITURES?

Mail ballots will be sent to registered voters beginning Monday, October 14, 2019. This is a coordinated mail ballot election run by the county clerks in each county in which SSPRD operates:  Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson.

The county clerks must receive all ballots by 7 p.m., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Ballots not received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 will not be counted. For election information and ballot-drop off locations, visit county clerk and recorder’s websites.

For more information regarding SSPRD’s Special Election, visit ssprd.org/election.

For questions regarding the election, contact SSPRD Designated Election Official Jennifer King, jking@ssprd.org, or 303.483.7011.