For those who are looking for the slide deck for the Presentation at the Lake House on June 7, 2017 outlining the Evergreen Local Improvement District, they are attached. We are still gathering feedback and questions, so stay tuned for the FAQ that we will post once we have it compiled and organized by category to make it easier to navigate.
Courtesy of My Mountain Town, The entire content of the ELID presentation on June 7th was recorded on video and posted to Youtube and the My Mountain Town Website. We had approximately 150 attendees, received over 160 written comments and answered countless questions in the work session that followed the presentation. We’ve received many questions from folks who were unable to attend the meeting, and while we compile those to create a FAQ, many of the questions we’re receiving are addressed in the presentation.
The direct link you can cut and paste into your browser if the above links aren’t working is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yij3T6eZUIs
Some Website Adjustments June 17, 2017
As we continue in our efforts to share information about the Evergreen LID with the community, we will be making some adjustments to our website while we build an entirely new site that will host Frequently Asked Questions, Videos and other great content. In the meantime, Evergreenlegacyfund.org, Evergreenlegacyfund.com and Evergreenlegacyfund.net will all redirect to this site: greaterdeed.wordpress.com.
We apologize for anyone being directed to the old WordPress site if you have an old link from a previous post or you had saved it in your “favorites” or “history” folders for quick access – it will say that the authors took the site down. We didn’t…we just changed the URL. Thanks for your patience while we get all the technical stuff worked out!
Recently, I was asked: “What is Greater DEED’s Motivation to take on the projects we’ve done and pursue the Evergreen LID for lasting ability to continue doing them?”. A friend of mine recommended a poem to me a while back that couldn’t explain it any better:
The Bridge Builder
BY WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”
Join the Downtown Evergreen Economic District board for an information and input session on the possibility of creating a Local Improvement District for the greater Evergreen area. We’re calling it the Evergreen LID, or ELID for short!
When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
5:30 – 7pm
Where: Evergreen Lake House
RSVPs are not required, however it would be super helpful if you did!
A Local Improvement District (LID) would provide some of the amenities of being incorporated without the cost of creating a city government. Examples….
• Improved status of roadways maintained by CDOT. Becoming a LID would move Evergreen from “rural” status such as roads south of Fairplay to urban status for upkeep of roadways, curbs, gutters, and crosswalks.
• Trail connectivity between activity centers.
• Creation of a more cohesive feel to the Evergreen community.
A LID is not a new layer of government.
• It would be managed by the Jefferson County Commissioners, who would delegate existing staff to administer projects and exercise contracts.
• Single-use LIDs have been utilized previously in Evergreen to fund the paving of roads in subdivisions such as Evergreen Highlands, Evergreen Meadows and El Pinal.
• Elsewhere in the county, the County Commissioners currently oversee a local improvement district formed in 1988 for an area surrounding Southwest Plaza.
How is a Local Improvement District created?
A LID requires specific boundaries. The boundaries being considered would overlap two existing special districts: Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. Generally, the district being proposed would extend from north of Marshdale on the South to El Rancho on the North.
Although creation of a LID can occur without a vote of property owners within the district, imposing a sales tax to fund a LID does require such a vote.
A LID requires some sort of revenue stream, generally a sales tax (not a property tax). A 1% sales tax is being considered. Jefferson County Commissioners would need to be convinced the community is supportive of the idea before it would approve the concept.
How would LID money be used?
• 100% of the money collected from the local improvement district would be used to fund local improvements within the district. A list of potential projects and improvements is being created through community input.
• Monies cannot be used by the county to offset current expenditures.
• Monies could be used to augment other tax dollars being allocated for improvements, i.e., if CDOT were to put medians in to separate lanes of traffic, LID money could be used to beautify the medians with trees.
• The improvements would be governed by a “constitution” drawn up by the community itself to govern the kinds of improvements desired. The governing document will be designed to provide guidelines general enough to still be effective for decades to come.
• An Advisory Group would make recommendations to the County Commissioners, but the County Commissioners are not required to follow the recommendations.
What is the proposed timing?
• Through mid-June: Meet with local groups to propose the idea and gather input, revising the evolving list of amenities and improvements to be incorporated into the Service Plan, also referred to as the “constitution.”
• Mid-June 2017: Meet with County Commissioners to demonstrate community support and to ask approval of the concept.
• November 2017: Placement of proposed sales tax question on the ballot.
Thank You to all Legacy Fund Members! March 1, 2017
Attached is a Thank You letter that will be going out to all of our dedicated Evergreen Legacy Fund Members who help move the cause of improving our Evergreen infrastructure forward. In it, you will find updates on what we’ve been up to and where we’re headed in 2017. Thanks!!!