Southwest Centennial neighborhoods approve fence funding

Willow Creek, Foxridge areas OK general improvement district-related questions

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Residents of Centennial's Willow Creek 1 and 2 neighborhoods gave the green light to form a general improvement district to build and maintain fences, while voters in the city's Foxridge neighborhood increased taxes for its general improvement district to replace the neighborhood's fence.

A general improvement district is a local taxing entity created for the purpose of constructing or maintaining public improvements or services in a particular area.

Residents of the Willow Creek 1 and 2 homeowners associations petitioned the city to form a district to replace the aging fence on major roads along the community, which sits in southwest Centennial.

After public hearings on the formation of the district, the city council referred two questions to voters for the Nov. 5 election.

The first asked voters to approve the formation of the district and allow it to:

• Impose taxes for operations and maintenance up to $33,000 starting in 2020 based on a 0.75 mill levy;

• Avoid decreases in revenues from changes to the residential assessment rate;

• Be exempt from the 5.5% statutory limit on revenue growth; and

• Retain revenues of the district as a voter-approved change.

That question, Ballot Issue 6C, received 62% of votes in favor and 38% opposed, or 951 to 582 in raw votes, according to unofficial results at 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

The second question asked voters to allow the district to:

• Incur debt up to $4.3 million for new fencing;

• Impose up to $290,000 in taxes per year to repay that debt; and

• Retain revenues from the debt, taxes and interest earned on those amounts as a revenue change.

That question, Ballot Issue 6D, received 61.95% of votes in favor and 38.05% opposed, or 949 to 583 in raw votes.

The Foxridge community — just west of Willow Creek near East County Line Road — is looking to replace an aging fence. Its board of directors referred a question for voter approval for the district to incur debt up to about $2 million for new fencing and impose up to $160,000 in taxes per year to repay the debt.

That question, Ballot Issue 6B, received 54.8% of votes in favor and 45.2% against, or 651 to 537 in raw votes.

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