Officials work to get road improvements on the 2019 ballot

by Carolina King

The Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator met in a work session last Tuesday to discuss the citizen input they received during their recent “Road Show.” During the month of October, the BOCC presented to the public a proposal to fund county road improvements and three ways to pay for the improvements at road shows convened at four locations across the county.
At the work session the officials worked to come up with plans to move forward based on citizens’ comments at the road shows and a survey they asked those in attendance to fill out.
There was consensus among the group that they should proceed with getting something on the 2019 ballot concerning funding for roads, but they did not stick to the original plans laid out in the road show.
After commissioners expressed disappointment that statewide road improvement measures on the Nov. 6 ballot did not pass in the recent election, County Administrator Connie Hunt lamented the condition of roads across the state.
“Something needs to happen to help us with our roads,” Hunt said. “The money’s just not there.” She compared Colorado roads to other states’ and said, “We’re in a really bad situation. We need to be creative.”
Hunt said the Gallagher and TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) amendments have created a “competitive atmosphere” between the county and municipalities over who is raising taxes.
“When do we get to the place where we ask what is best for our county?” Hunt asked.
Public commenter Barry Zane of Fairway Pines said there are 400 lots in the Fairway Pines area and it is a “honey pot for the county in the next several years,” referring to the potential for building.
Zane pointed out how much of the tax revenue from people all across the county, including Log Hill, goes toward...

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