South Suburban ballot measures pass by large margin

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Voters said yes in the Nov. 7 election to a pair of measures that will allow South Suburban Parks and Recreation District to both maintain their current tax collection indefinitely, and to take out fresh loans to pursue the district's growth goals.

Ballot Issue 4B, which extends the district's current tax structure indefinitely, was passing with 79.1 percent of the vote as of 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 8, the morning after the election. Ballot Issue 4C, which allows the district to take out fresh loans, was passing with 69.7 percent of the vote.

“All in all, it’s a win-win for residents and the district," South Suburban executive director Rob Hanna said in a press release. "We’re excited to plan for the future and move forward on projects related to sustainability and trail connections, as well as facility enhancements. We are very grateful to have earned the trust of our residents.”

South Suburban is largely funded by property tax revenue, collected through two mill levies, approved in 2010 and 2014. Residents of the district pay 1.163 mills toward the district's existing debt, meaning the owner of a $300,000 home pays about $15.50 a month to maintain and improve the district's four recreation centers, four outdoor pools, four golf courses, nearly 100 miles of trails, more than 100 parks and 2,500 acres of open space.

Ballot Issue 4B indefinitely extends the district's two property tax mill levies. Ballot Issue 4C allows the district to borrow more money to increase its debt to $46.86 million, with a repayment cost of up to $61.66 million.

The debt would go toward meeting a variety of needs, according to a news release, including repairing and improving existing parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds, replacing outdated mechanical equipment with new energy saving systems, replacing inefficient irrigation systems and maintaining natural areas and open space.

South Suburban serves Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, much of Centennial and some unincorporated areas of Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

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