COMMERCE CITY — Five projects, five years, one penny. That’s the slogan proponents of ballot issue 2K are using to urge voters to approve a 1-percent sales tax increase measure in the upcoming Nov. 5 general election.
Council members, community leaders and other backers of the measure gathered Thursday, Sept. 19, to tout the ballot issue at the corner of Tower Road and 104th Avenue.
Commerce City Council unanimously voted during its Aug. 19 meeting to put the measure on the ballot. The measure proposes to build five projects over the next five years, requesting a one-cent (or 1 percent) increase on the city’s current 3.5 percent sales and use tax. The projects include:
• A new recreation center with an indoor pool at Second Creek Community Park.
• Widening of Tower Road from 80th to 103rd avenues.
• New additions to the existing recreation center, including a new therapy pool.
• A seasonal outdoor pool in the southern part of the city.
• Three new neighborhood parks in Fronterra, Turnberry and Villages at Buffalo Run East.
The estimated cost for these projects is about $166 million, with a sales tax increase expected to raise up to $15 million annually. Revenue generated from the proposed increase would be used to construct, operate and maintain the projects, as well as pay off debt service on bonds. The revenue can only be used for future parks, recreation or roadway improvements, ensuring a dedicated funding source for additional needs and their operation.
For more information about the Yes on 2K campaign and Issue 2K, visit www.yeson2k.com.