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2017 COMMUNITY, CULTURE and SAFETY TAX RENEWAL for CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

On Nov. 7, 2017, Boulder voters approved two ballot measures to extend the Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax for Capital Improvements. This four-year extension of the 0.3 temporary sales tax (originally approved in 2014) will fund several important city facilities and infrastructure projects. It will also would provide matching funds for a number of community nonprofit facilities.

For more information about the projects funded from the 2014 Community, Culture and Safety Tax, please visit the Community, Culture and Safety project website.

2017 Community, Culture and Safety Tax Projects

City Projects


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 ( Ready in 2018-2020, approximately $12,500,000 ). 

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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 ( Ready in 2021, approximately $3,500,000). 

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Library - North Boulder Branch

The North Boulder Library Branch will provide a new full-service branch
library with community meeting space, room for partner organizations and connections to draw the
community together ( Ready in 2021-2024, approximately $5,000,000). 

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Public Art

Continue the investment in public art projects throughout the city. Final projects will be
reviewed in the 2018-2019 Public Art Implementation Plan and will reflect the best
opportunities within the available funds and sites
(Ready now, approximately $400,000). 

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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 ( Ready in 2018, approximately $5,500,000). 

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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 ( Ready in 2018, approximately $4,200,000). 

View full project description pdf
 

Community Projects


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
( Ready in 2020, approximately $1,000,000). 

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 ReSource Central
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 ( Ready in 2019, approximately $1,400,000). 

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Community Cycles
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 ( Ready in 2018, approximately $822,500). 

View full project description pdf
 


Growing Gardens
Completion of a Pollinator Pavilion, which will house administrative offices, a workshop,
conditioned meeting space, restrooms, and a central covered area for harvesting
and processing of produce (Ready in 2018, approximately $87,000)

View full project description pdf
 


KGNU
Expand and modernize the current facility, into a 21st century, energy efficient,
permanent media training and multicultural Community Media Center.
(Ready in 2019-2020, approximately $1,250,000)

View full project description pdf
 


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 (Ready in 2018, approximately $1,600,000).

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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 (Ready in 2020, approximately $1,750,000).

View full project description pdf
 

 


The following sections provide the original language on the November 2017 ballot and answers to a few frequently asked questions.

1. 2M - Extension of 0.3 Cents Sales and Use Tax of the Community, Culture and Safety Tax for Capital Improvements

Ballot Language

WITHOUT RAISING THE EXISTING TAX RATE, SHALL THE EXISTING COMMUNITY CULTURE AND SAFETY SALES AND USE TAX OF 0.3 CENTS, SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE DEC. 31, 2017, BE EXTENDED TO DEC. 31, 2021, WITH THE REVENUE FROM SUCH TAX EXTENSION AND ALL EARNINGS THEREON BE USED TO FUND CITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS:

  • APPROXIMATELY $12,500,000 TO RELOCATE FIRE STATION #3;
  • APPROXIMATELY $5,000,000 FOR LIBRARY - NORTH BOULDER BRANCH;
  • APPROXIMATELY $5,500,000 FOR CITYWIDE RADIO INFRASTRUCTURE REPLACEMENT;
  • APPROXIMATELY $3,500,000 FOR FOURMILE CANYON CREEK GREENWAYS IMPROVEMENTS - 19TH TO BROADWAY;
  • APPROXIMATELY $4,200,000 FOR SCOTT CARPENTER POOL REPLACEMENT; AND
  • APPROXIMATELY $400,000 FOR PUBLIC ART;

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS:

  • APPROXIMATELY $87,000 FOR GROWING GARDENS –POLLINATOR PAVILION;
  • APPROXIMATELY $822,500 FOR COMMUNITY CYCLES COMMUNITY CYCLING CENTER;
  • APPROXIMATELY $1,600,000 FOR MEALS ON WHEELS NEW FACILITY CONSTRUCTION;
  • APPROXIMATELY $1,750,000 FOR STUDIO ARTS BOULDER – COMMUNITY STUDIO ARTS EDUCATION CENTER;
  • APPROXIMATELY $1,400,000 FOR CENTER FOR RESOURCE CONSERVATION -  ZERO WASTE COMMUNITY CENTER;
  • APPROXIMATELY $1,250,000 FOR KGNU –COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER; AND
  • APPROXIMATELY $1,000,000 FOR BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART – MUSEUM RENOVATION;

ANY PAYMENTS FROM THIS TAX TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SHALL BE MADE IN COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS, CONDITIONS, TIMING AND FUNDRAISING MATCHING REQUIREMENTS APPROVED BY THE BOULDER CITY COUNCIL; AND

ANY REMAINING FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE BOULDER CITY COUNCIL TO FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROJECTS; AND IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE REVENUES FROM SUCH TAX EXTENSION CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE.

AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?

FOR THE MEASURE ____    AGAINST THE MEASURE ____

What it means

The four-year extension of the 0.3 percent temporary sales and use tax would fund several important city facilities and infrastructure projects. It would also would provide matching funds for a number of community nonprofit facilities. 

What is the Community, Culture and Safety Tax?

In 2014, voters approved a three-year 0.3 percent sales and use tax to accomplish a defined package of capital projects, known as the  Community, Culture and Safety Tax . The tax is projected to raise approximately $27 million over its approved duration, from 2015 to 2017, to improve community spaces, bolster cultural projects and organizations, and enhance safety. Some of the projects have been completed while others are in progress.


For more information about the specific projects funded from the 2014 Community, Culture and Safety Tax, please visit the Community, Culture and Safety project website.

Will the sales tax rate go up?

No. The renewal extends an existing 0.3 percent sales and use tax, not increase taxes. Three tenths percent sales tax rate for the City of Boulder results in thirty cents on a one hundred-dollar purchase. 


2. 2N - Debt Authority for Community, Culture and Safety Tax for Capital Improvements 

Ballot Language

SHALL CITY OF BOULDER DEBT BE INCREASED UP TO $26,000,000 WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $29,000,000 (SUCH AMOUNT BEING THE TOTAL PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST THAT COULD BE PAYABLE OVER THE MAXIMUM LIFE OF THE DEBT) TO BE PAID FROM THE EXTENSION OF THE COMMUNITY CULTURE AND SAFETY SALES AND USE TAX OF 0.3 CENTS, IF SEPARATELY APPROVED; SUCH DEBT TO BEAR INTEREST AT A NET EFFECTIVE RATE NOT TO EXCEED 4.002 PERCENT PER ANNUM AND HAVE A MATURITY DATE NOT LATER THAN FOUR YEARS FROM THE DATE ANY SUCH DEBT IS ISSUED, SUCH DEBT TO BE SOLD AT SUCH TIME AND IN SUCH MANNER AND TO CONTAIN SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT HEREWITH, AS THE CITY COUNCIL MAY DETERMINE, WITH THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBT AND EARNINGS THEREON BEING USED TO FUND THE FOLLOWING CITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROJECTS OTHERWISE PAYABLE FROM SAID SALES AND USE TAX;

RELOCATION OF FIRE STATION #3;

LIBRARY - NORTH BOULDER BRANCH;

CITYWIDE RADIO INFRASTRUCTURE REPLACEMENT;

FOURMILE CANYON CREEK GREENWAYS IMPROVEMENTS - 19TH TO BROADWAY;

SCOTT CARPENTER POOL REPLACEMENT; AND

PUBLIC ART;

WITH ANY REMAINING PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBT AND ALL EARNINGS THEREON BE USED TO FUND CITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT ARE DESCRIBED IN ORDINANCE 8197 WITH ANY REMAINING FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE BOULDER CITY COUNCIL TO FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROJECTS;

AND IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBTS AND THE REVENUES FROM SUCH TAX EXTENSION CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?

FOR THE MEASURE ____ AGAINST THE MEASURE ____

What it means

This ballot item authorizes the increase of the debt of the city to fund capital improvement projects (the city projects that will be voted on in 2M) in the City of Boulder from a 0.3 percent sales and use tax.

Will this ballot item increase taxes?

No. The debt will be repaid through the sales and use tax extension in 2M. 

What projects will this fund?

The debt will be used to fund the  city  capital improvement projects described above.  


Additional Information

The City of Boulder formed an advisory committee to make recommendations about the specific projects and other details of the possible 2017 renewal. For more information about the Advisory Committee process and related City Council memos, please see below: 

Advisory Committee Background and Materials

The City of Boulder formed an advisory committee to make recommendations about the specific projects and other details of the possible 2017 renewal. The working group included 12 City of Boulder resident and non-resident members, representing broad interests and community perspectives. The City Manager appointed the following participants - Tyler Adams, Greg Brown, Leslie Durgin, Barbara Gutmann, Davis Hart, Diane Jones, Deborah Malden, Jim Mapes, Chris Miller, Ann Moss, Manuela Sifuentes, and Tara Winer. 

Through collaborative efforts, the advisory group was asked to deliver recommendations including: 

  • Analyzing scenarios for potential renewal of the tax.
  • Providing recommendations on projects and funding packages most likely to garner community support.
  • Community outreach materials and process. 

The advisory committee met a total of six times over the course of its work. The committee finalized guiding principles, received project presentations from community groups and city staff, and prioritized projects to develop a recommended package pdf. Additional information and meeting materials can be found below. 

Meeting Materials: 


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