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Commissioners to consider two questions for November ballot

Brent McFall
County Manager

Aug. 25, 2016 – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will consider placing two questions on the November ballot during their regular meeting on Tuesday. Topics include the expanded use of existing county open space funds and funding for affordable housing.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. Ballot question discussions are scheduled as the 10th and 11th items on the agenda.  Time for public comment will be provided and all interested community members are encouraged to attend.

As proposed, the open space question would allow county open space funds to be used to construct and maintain paved and unpaved trails without raising the existing 1.5 mill levy tax. The ballot question also asks for bonding authority to complete the Eagle Valley Trail, and extends the current sunset provision by 15 years from 2025 to 2040.

The affordable housing question would create a new .3 percent sales tax to support countywide housing efforts. The tax equates to three cents on every $10 purchase and would generate approximately $5.4 million per year.  Proposed uses of the funds include increasing the number of long-term, affordable rental housing units; acquisition of land for future affordable housing developments; and providing down payment assistance loans to facilitate homeownership. The tax would sunset in 20 years.

The commissioners previously considered asking for an additional tax to support early childhood programs, but decided against going to the voters this year. Instead, the county will focus on the preliminary actions and recommendations outlined in the Early Childhood Roadmap, a comprehensive plan completed in July through a partnership with Eagle County Schools.

Those who are unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting may send comments in advance to The complete agenda, proposed resolutions and ballot questions can be found at