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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Commissioners Pass Three Resolutions, Support ‘Let’s Go, Colorado’ Proposal

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Commissioners Pass Three Resolutions, Support ‘Let’s Go, Colorado’ Proposal
Sept. 19, 2018 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – Clear Creek’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved three separate resolutions yesterday, regarding ballot issues which will be included on the state-wide Nov. 6th General Election. They are: Resolution #18-86—Supporting Proposition 110 Seeking Voter Approval to Increase Transportation Infrastructure Funding; Resolution #18-87---Recommending Full Funding and Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); and, Resolution #18-88---Opposing Amendment 74 which seeks to amend the Colorado Constitution to Drastically Limit State and Local Government Regulatory Authority.

Proposition 110 (Let’s Go, Colorado)---BoCC Supports

The Colorado State Legislature passed/Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1 (May 2018), authorizing the diversion of a percentage of sales and use tax revenue from CO’s General Fund to the State Highway Fund for two years, stating “..increased transportation funding was critical ‘to preserve and improve Colorado’s economic prosperity and quality of life.. and that increased funding is ‘necessary to develop and maintain a modern, efficient, and cost-effective multimodal transportation system’…” Proposition 110 will be on the November 2018 General Election ballot, and (if passed) would raise the state’s sales tax by 0.62%--to be used for transportation projects across the state. It is projected to raise $767M a year for transportation funding---with $123M going to CO Counties, including Clear Creek. ‘Let’s Go, Colorado’ is the advocacy group supporting Proposition 110 for the state-wide ballot issue.

“Transportation investment is a critical issue for our County and the State,” said Tim Mauck, Board of County Commissioners Chairman. “By all estimates, some $700K could come right back to our Public Works Division, helping them maintain and service roads and bridges in Clear Creek. Due to a shrinking budget and rising costs, this funding is truly needed now,” he added.

LWCF---BoCC Supports

Established by Congress in 1965, it designates a portion of receipts from offshore oil and gas leases be placed into a fund annually for state and local conservation, as well as for the protection of parks, forest and wildlife areas. For FY18, LWCF received $425M—for state grants and federal acquisition funds. In Colorado, LWCF has provided more than $268M in funding, and leveraged more than $147M for local government and state park outdoor recreational investments, per the resolution. LWCF has protected more than 10,000 acres of public lands—supporting Colorado’s economy by bringing in $28B in consumer spending and 229,000 direct jobs for tourism and outdoor recreation. Money from LWCF is also used to help prevent and remediate natural disasters like fires and floods.

Amendment 74---BoCC Does Not Support

Clear Creek’s BoCC does not support this amendment because it would severely limit the ability of Colorado’s state and local governments to take actions that might, indirectly, unintentionally, or minimally affect the fair market value of any private property. It would also drastically diminish the limitations, and restrictions upon private property. Governments would be vulnerable to lawsuits for almost every decision to regulate or not to regulate, making regular governmental functions prohibitively expensive for the tax payer. Similar efforts have been defeated in other states such as Washington and Oregon. Oregon had $4B in claims before voters repealed the law after two years.

For more information, call John Bryan, Communications Director, at 303-679-2307, or email: jbryan@co.clear-creek.co.us. Or, go to the Official Clear Creek County website: http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/ .
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