November ballot issue – meeting about Mountain Forest Improvement District

November ballot issue – meeting about Mountain Forest Improvement District

Please vote November 1, 2011. Even in an off year there are important issues on the ballot.

This is a Boulder County ballot initiative that proposes to create a Mountain Forest Improvement District as a recommendation of the Citizen Advisory Team concerning the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This would be the entity that would “plan and implement forest improvement projects in wild land-urban interface areas, including projects to reduce hazardous fuels and protect communities.”

Please download the text of the resolution and plan to vote on November 1, 2011.

There will be a Town Hall meeting on October 24 at 7:00 pm at Fire Station #1, 311 County Road 83 in Sunshine to discuss some questions and concerns about Resolution No. 2011-94

RESOLUTION NO. 2011-94

CONCERNING THE CREATION OF THE BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAINS FOREST IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, REFERRING TO THE VOTERS OF THE PROPOSED DISTRICT A BALLOT ISSUE CONCERNING ITS CREATION, AND APPROVING A BALLOT TITLE FOR THE ISSUE.

The Forest Improvement District (FID) emerged as the administrative entity of a countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), a document created by a group of hardworking people that outlines the need for fire mitigation in the mountains of Boulder County. Some questions, however, surround the resolution. For instance:

  •  Why are incorporated areas like Nederland and Ward excluded from the plan?
  • Incorporated areas (like Nederland and Ward) within Boulder County, however, can opt-in to the communitywide CWPP. What would be the advantage/disadvantage for them to do so?
  • Beside the creation of the FID, what else did the Citizen Advisory Team recommend?
  • The FID proposes the possibility of future sales and/or property taxes. Will all Boulder County residents be taxed? Or only those who live in the mountainous boundary of the FID?
  • Some communities have created and are supporting their own CWPP through property taxes. Will they be double taxed?
  • The FID excludes incorporated municipalities such as Nederland and Ward. If Resolution No. 2011-94 is passed and later property taxes are approved during a future election, will the residents of these incorporated areas be excluded from taxation?

These are only some of the questions that mountain residents are asking.  This is an opportunity to invite county officials to the mountains and get a better understanding of this ballot initiative.  There will be at least one county official as well as a core member of the countywide CWPP present to help clarify questions and give us a more thorough understanding of Resolution 2011-94

If you have questions, please e-mail bocomountainresidents@gmail.com

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