Commissioners approve Local Improvement District for Unincorporated Subdivision Roads

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Oct. 21, 2013

Contact: Barb Halpin, 303-441-1622


LID will go into effect in January 2014 to begin road improvements in unincorporated Boulder County subdivisions should the Public Improvement District fail to pass on Nov. 5, 2013


Boulder County, Colo. - The Board of County Commissioners approved a motion at a public hearing on Oct. 21 to create a Local Improvement District (LID) to rehabilitate unincorporated subdivision roads should the Public Improvement District (Issue 5C) fail to pass in the November 5, 2013 election.


According to state statute, in order for road improvements to begin in 2014, the LID needs to be created along a similar timeframe as the Public Improvement District (PID). Should the PID pass in November, no further action will be taken to create a Local Improvement District.


Like the PID, the LID would include 118 unincorporated subdivisions for a total of 150 miles of paved subdivision roads needing reconstruction.


The public hearing was attended by approximately 40 members of the public, of which about a dozen chose to speak during public comment.


After the public comment period, the three county commissioners responded to questions about reserve funds, annual funding for transportation projects, and current costs per household to pay for road maintenance.


“By proposing both the Public Improvement District and Local Improvement District as two options to choose from, we’re looking for the the most effective way to solve the problem of deteriorating subdivision roads,” said County Commissioner Elise Jones. “While we wish we had more options available to pay for the rehabilitation of subdivision roads, we are dedicated to addressing the problem in a way that finally fixes the roads and keeps them in good repair.”


Additional Statements from the County Commissioners:


“The county keeps a reserve fund that fluctuates each year in order to respond to unbudgeted county needs in times of a significant economic downturn or a devastating natural disaster, with the most extreme example being last month’s floods which caused $214 million in damage to county residents and infrastructure,” said County Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “While we wish we didn’t have to spend the kind of considerable money we’re going to need to respond to the destruction of the floods, the reality is, that money is now spoken for exactly for that purpose.”


“I believe it is important to respond to a misperception in the public arena that Boulder County has cut back on transportation spending over the years,” said County Commissioner Elise Jones. “In fact, funding for county roads has steadily increased an average of 4% each year from 1990, with the majority of funds coming from specific ownership taxes, such as registration fees for personal and commercial vehicles, and not from property taxes which would need to be shared equally with our municipal partners for the construction of their city roads.”


“I’d like the address the cost issue about how much each household in Boulder County pays for roads,” said County Commissioner Deb Gardner. “The average household in Boulder County, city or county, pays about $100 per year from a variety of sources to pay for all county roads. Subdivision property owners pay the same as city residents, but receive $70 in direct services every year in the form of pothole patching, snow removal and other road maintenance services. This means that only about $30 of annual contributions from unincorporated subdivision households goes towards arterial roads which are shared by all residents.”


Barbara Halpin
Boulder County Public Information Officer

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