During the 9:30 a.m., Aug. 30 public hearing, the Arapahoe
County Board of County Commissioners will consider a proposal to
place a question extending the Open Space Sales and Use Tax on the
Nov. 1, 2011 coordinated election ballot. The hearing takes place
at 5334 S. Prince Street, Littleton, and is open to the
The extension proposes no changes to the amount of the sales tax
(0.025 percent, which is equal to 25 cents on every $100 purchase)
and minor changes in the distribution of funds allowing a small
increase for maintenance and administration purposes.
The countywide open space sales and use tax is dedicated to
preserve natural areas, enhance neighborhood parks, build and
maintain trail connections and protect heritage areas. It was
created in November 2003 with 60 percent approval by Arapahoe
County voters. Tax collection began Jan. 1, 2004 and is set to
expire in December 30, 2013.
Fifty percent of the annual tax revenue is returned to incorporated
cities and towns to enhance local parks, trails, recreation and
open space. More than $66 million from the Open Space Fund has been
distributed to municipalities since the program's inception. In
addition to shareback funds, 12 percent of the annual tax revenue
is set aside for competitive grants to eligible special districts
and municipalities with almost $16 million in grants awarded since
2004 for 90 projects throughout the County.
To learn more about Arapahoe County Open Space, visit
www.co.arapahoe.co.us and download the 2011 Community Guide 150
Ways to Enjoy Open Spaces and/or sign up to receive the Arapahoe
County Open Spaces e-newsletter.