East Centennial voters turn down tax increase for parks, trails

Arapahoe Park and Recreation Ballot Issue 6A asked to hike property taxes


In the east Centennial area, a parks and recreation district's request for more funding met a sound defeat — 54.3% against to 45.7% in favor — in results as of about 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Arapahoe Park and Recreation District Ballot Issue 6A asked homeowners for an additional $42 — or in some cases, less than that — per year. In raw votes, 6,725 opposed the measure, with 5,652 supporting it.

The district includes parts of Centennial and the south Aurora area generally east of Parker Road.

With the requested funding, Arapahoe Park and Rec sought to improve ongoing maintenance of trails, parks and recreation facilities; add trails, trailheads and trail rest areas; improve existing parks; and add new parks.

The district currently maintains 15 miles of trails, 20 parks, ballfields, an award-winning recreation center, skate park and outdoor swim complex.

In raw numbers, 6A would have increased district taxes by $2.5 million in 2020. Estimated spending in fiscal year 2019 is $7.2 million, according to the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office's analysis of the 2019 ballot proposals.

What that means for individual homeowners is that 6A would have increased taxes by $42 annually in 2020, for those with a $500,000 home. Different home values would have seen higher or lower increases.

Other goals for the added spending included improving energy efficiency at district parks and facilities, and providing more recreational programming opportunities for families, seniors and other residents.


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