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No. The Town is not considering raising the Open Space sales tax from its current rate of 0.5%. The Town is only considering modifying the potential use of revenues to include all parks, open space and trails.
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The current Open Space sales tax is limited to the purchase, improvement, and maintenance to open space and trails. As the definitions of open space versus parks continues to blur, we are taking a proactive, transparent approach and reevaluating both our current and future needs to ensure current tax revenues are responsibly invested in the future.
The Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission advises the Board of Trustees and Town Staff on all matters pertaining to parks, open space and trails. It consists of seven members, all of whom must be bona fide residents of the Town. The Board of Trustees makes the appointment of seven members to staggered four-year terms.
The Town created a dedicated Parks and Open Space Department in 2022 and under direction from the Board of Trustees, they are taking a holistic approach to the long-term maintenance, expansion, and improvement of all outdoor recreation resources. By reducing limitations on the Open Space sales tax, Town staff could implement improvements outlined in community-driven planning initiatives, such as the Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan, as they are prioritized by the Community, not by what specific funds are available. Those plans call for continued expansions to the Town’s trails system as one of the highest priorities.
Yes. The Town is proposing to limit the revenues to be expended on maintenance, expansion and improvements to the parks, open space, and trails system. However, since trails are a critical transportation function, the funds may be utilized to create multi-modal trails along street corridors, such as the trail along Colorado Boulevard.