Boulder County Commissioners are considering ballot measures for transportation, emergency response, and wildfire mitigation.

 

These three sales taxes would support services and programs that directly and indirectly impact mountain biking in Boulder County. The commissioners will consider public opinion gathered through comments and the public hearings to decide whether to move forward with these ballot initiatives as proposed.

Transportation

Multimodal transportation projects, programs and services in Boulder County are funded by a 0.1% (one-tenth of a penny) sales tax, which is set to expire in June 2024. An extension (renewal) of the sales tax will fund projects (view list) based on the county’s Transportation Master Plan.

Bicycle Colorado and Community 4 Cyclists are in favor of this extension because this sales tax supports:

  • Regional trails and commuter bikeways
  • Multimodal regional corridors
  • Transit capital, service operations, and programs
  • Mobility programs for vulnerable populations, and more

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. Register to attend and/or comment.
SUBMIT COMMENTS: Can’t make it? You can still be involved — submit your comments online ahead of the hearing.

 

Emergency Response

This proposal would establish a 0.1%, declining to 0.05% after five years, to fund emergency services like Rocky Mountain Rescue and ambulance services.

This tax would support:

  • Improved Rocky Mountain Rescue facilities to house equipment and vehicles and provide meeting and training space
  • Equipment, capital, and operational costs of search and rescue organizations
  • Funding for the capital needs of fire departments in mountainous and rural areas
  • Ambulance services in areas not covered by municipal ambulance services

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, August 4, 3 p.m. Register to attend and/or comment.
SUBMIT COMMENTS: Can’t make it? You can still be involved — submit your comments online ahead of the hearing.

 

Wildfire Mitigation

This proposal would establish a 0.1% countywide sales and use tax for the purpose of funding countywide wildfire mitigation efforts.

This tax would support:

  • Strategic forest and grassland management projects (using Fireshed partnerships) to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire
  • Protecting water supplies and creating more resilient forest and grassland ecosystems
  • Helping residents in the mountains and plains prepare for wildfires by making homes more fire resistant using community partnerships, individual technical assistance, and rebates through programs like Wildfire Partners

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, August 4, 3 p.m. Register to attend and/or comment.
SUBMIT COMMENTS: Can’t make it? You can still be involved — submit your comments online ahead of the hearing.