Community, Culture and Safety Tax
Beginning mid-June, City of Boulder voters will have the opportunity to provide feedback on two potential items for the November ballot. Feedback will help inform city funding for key projects.
- The first item is a 15-year extension of the 0.30% Capital Resilience and Safety Tax currently known as the Community, Culture and Safety Tax (CCS).
- The second item is the approval of up to a $110 million bond measure to help fund infrastructure projects.
Since these potential measures are extensions, and not new initiatives, city sales tax rates will not increase if they appear on the ballot and are approved. The 0.3% sales tax extension is expected to generate about $11.5 million annually. The revenue from this tax would be used to pay off the $110 million bond. The cost of a 0.3% sales tax on a $100 purchase is 30 cents.
Questions included on the survey will address items such as key areas of focus, the proposed project list, bonding authority, the non-profit component and duration. The survey is open to residents of the City of Boulder ages 18 and older.
Additionally, the city will be seeking feedback from nonprofit organizations about the nonprofit component of the tax. Sign up here for updates and opportunities to provide comments.
Boulder's Community, Culture and Safety Tax is a voter approved tax for Capital Improvements. This tax was originally approved by voters in 2014 and was extended by voters on Nov. 7, 2017 for four years. This 0.3% temporary sales tax funds important city facilities and infrastructure projects. It also provides matching funds for a number of community nonprofit facilities.
Community members are invited to read an update on project progress.
Fire Station #3 Relocation
Relocate Fire Station 3, located at 1585 30th Street, to allow for better service delivery to a significant part of the city that is not currently within a four-minute response time (industry standard) of any the city's fire stations.
In mid-2019, the city hired a new Facilities Project Manager to directly manage the design and construction of the Fire Station 3 project, along with the North Boulder Library project. In late 2019, an RFP process was conducted to find an architectural consultant to begin design of the new station. Through this process, Davis Partnership was selected and has been working on the project since early 2020. After working extensively with Boulder Fire Rescue staff, the programming and conceptual design of the new station was completed in mid-2020. Since that time, the project has formally completed the City’s Pre-Application and Concept Review processes and documents are now being prepared to submit for Site Review this summer. Construction should begin in late 2022 and last for about 18 months.
The new station will also contain the Fire Administration offices and enough space to accommodate BFR’s critical Master Plan goals, such as Advanced Life Support staff and equipment. A training room will be available for use by the community as a meeting room for various public functions. The building’s design and landscaping will be truly remarkable and incorporate numerous sustainable and energy-efficient features.
Fourmile Canyon Creek Greenways Improvements
Construction of a multi-use path connection between 19th Street and Broadway, and the replacement of two structurally deficient bridges at Violet Avenue and Upland Avenue with bicycle/pedestrian underpasses that serve a flood benefit.
The project team completed the preliminary design phase in January 2021. Next steps are final design, anticipated to be completed near the end of 2021, followed by construction. More information can be found on the Fourmile Canyon Creek webpage.
Library - North Boulder Branch
The North Boulder Library Branch will provide a new full-service branchlibrary with community meeting space, room for partner organizations and connections to draw the community together.
Continue the investment in public art projects throughout the city.
Citywide Radio Infrastructure
Implement a modern system that will increase the city's ability to communicate cross-departmentally and with other county, state and mutual-aid agencies, as well as make necessary improvements to infrastructure and process.
As of early 2021, physical radio sites at North Foothills and Arapahoe Avenue have been constructed. The next phase of work will focus on transitioning existing radio traffic to the new radio system.
Scott Carpenter Pool Replacement
Provides a new bath house, lap pool, family leisure pool, water slides, shade structures, parking expansion, and other various park improvements.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Renovation of the current facility, which is necessary for the organization to sustain its current levels of growth and provide the best service for the community.
Zero Waste Community Center, which will provide additional facility space, including a covered retail area, warehouse with offices, a lumber de-nailing area and improved drop-off areas.
Expanded community bicycle center, tripling the amount of space available to serve Boulder with bicycle recycling, sales of affordable used bikes, classes on bicycle safety and bike care and repair, and our Learn Your Bike fully-equipped open workshop. Includes a dedicated Education Center honoring local bike hero Leslie Bohm, where we can grow programs serving low-income kids and families and disabled youth, including our sweat-equity Earn A Bike program.
Completion of a Pollinator Pavilion, which will house administrative offices, a workshop conditioned meeting space, restrooms and a central covered area for harvesting.
Expand and modernize the current facility, into a 21st century, energy efficient, permanent media training and multicultural Community Media Center.
Meals on Wheels
A new facility for Meals on Wheels of Boulder that will be an asset to the community and an investment in Boulder's future.
Studio Arts Boulder
A new facility for community education in the studio arts, including ceramics, woodworking, printmaking and additional flexible studio space for glass,fiber and metal
The first Community, Culture and Safety tax was passed in 2014 and expired at the end of 2017. Several projects are complete. Those projects not yet complete are still in development phases for various reasons, including the need for all funds to be finalized at the end of 2017 before proceeding or for scheduled matching funds to be delivered to the projects to move forward.
- Boulder Creek - Arapahoe and 13th Underpass
- Boulder Creek - Eben G. Fine Park Stream Bank Restoration
- Boulder Creek - Path and Lighting Improvements
- Chautauqua - Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting
- Chautauqua - Phase 1 Lighting
- Civic Area - Connectivity and Access
- Civic Area - Creek at the Core
- Dairy Center - Theatre Improvements
- Museum of Boulder - Museum Improvements
- Public Art Projects
- University Hill - Event Street
- University Hill - Pedestrian Lighting
- University Hill - Street Trees Improvements