The towns of Firestone and Frederick will separately ask voters to weigh in on different tax questions during the general election Nov. 5.
The Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) requires municipalities to seek citizen approval to keep revenues that exceed TABOR growth calculations.
The Frederick Board of Trustees approved a ballot measure at its Aug. 27 meeting for a TABOR modification that would allow the town to keep the revenues.
The measure was prompted by an excess of $155,600 in 2012 that came from building permit fees (80 percent), oil and gas severance tax (10 percent), franchise fees from gas and cable companies (5 percent) and police grants, tobacco taxes, electrical design permits, specific ownership taxes and building rents (5 percent).
Under the current TABOR restrictions, this excess is given back to the source that it came from — for example, developers for the building permit fees and oil and gas companies for the severance tax.
Town officials have supported seeking residents’ approval to use this excess for future expenses that come out of the general fund, such as park improvements and maintenance, street maintenance and police department needs. The town is also asking for a modification of TABOR regarding similar future revenue collections.
The town of Firestone is seeking a 1-cent sales tax increase to provide exclusively for improvements and maintenance for Firestone streets and parks,” according to a news release from the town.
The new ballot questions, if approved, would fund ongoing street and park capital improvement projects, including:
• Widening of Firestone Boulevard to four lanes, from Colorado Boulevard to Interstate 25.
• Locust Street reconstruction.
• Colorado Boulevard reconstruction.
• McClure Avenue improvements.
• A sidewalk along Sable Avenue from Birch Street to Colorado Boulevard.
• Historic Firestone Street Reconstruction (water lines will also be replaced during reconstruction, but will be funded through the water enterprise).
The measure would also provide funding for streets and parks operations and maintenance, including cost saving operations such as seal coating, chip sealing, crack filling, restriping, pothole filling, overlays and equipment replacement.
Firestone conducted phone polling to measure public support for the measure. A similar question on last year’s ballot was defeated at the polls.
To read more about the Frederick ballot question, visit www.frederickco.gov. To read more about the Firestone ballot question, visit www.ci.firestone.co.us.