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Boulder Voters Approve Renewal of Community, Culture and Safety Tax

​Tax expected to raise $42 million over four years to fund facilities and infrastructure projects

On Nov. 7, Boulder voters approved ballot item 2M to extend a 0.3 percent sales and use tax that is expected to raise approximately $42 million over four years to fund several city facilities and infrastructure projects. Additionally, the tax will provide matching funds for a number of community non-profit facilities.

“Renewal of this tax will allow the city to begin much needed improvements to our infrastructure,” said City Manager Jane S. Brautigam. “The voters have told us that they understand the value of maintaining existing infrastructure and the importance of living in a community that supports the arts, nature and education.”

Some of the projects in the ballot item include:

  • Relocation of Fire Station #3
  • Citywide Radio Infrastructure replacement
  • Scott Carpenter Pool Replacement
  • Fourmile Canyon Creek Greenways Improvements from 19th Street to Broadway
  • New North Boulder Library Facilities
  • Public Art

In addition to these city projects nearly $8 million will provide matching funds to non-profits that support the community. These non-profits include:

  • Growing Gardens
  • Community Cycles
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Studio Arts Boulder
  • Center for Resource Conservation
  • KGNU Radio
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

In addition to approving the CCS tax voters also approved ballot issue 2N- Debt Authority for Community, Culture and Safety Tax for Capital Improvements. This will allow the city to issue debt and more quickly begin construction of city projects that have been approved by voters.

More information can be found online at

Published: Nov. 7, 2017

Media Contacts:
Gretchen King, Planning, Housing + Sustainability and Public Works, 303-441-3005
Ben Irwin, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

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