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Posted on: April 2, 2021

House Bill 21-1252 Introduced; First Step to Allow Parker Voters Choice on RTD

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The Parker Town Council is pleased to announce that House Bill 21-1252, sponsored by House District 44 Representative Kim Ransom, has been introduced for consideration. If passed, this bill would open the door for eligible Town of Parker voters to determine through an election whether incorporated Parker should be completely included in or completely excluded from the boundaries of the Regional Transportation District (RTD). 

“While there are still additional steps we’ll need to navigate, we’re excited to have made the first move toward giving our residents a chance to vote on this issue,” said Mayor Jeff Toborg.  

The bill will be considered by the House Transportation and Local Government Committee in April. If the bill receives Committee approval, it will then move through the House of Representatives, followed by the Senate and then Governor Polis. 

For the election to go forward, the bill would require that two separate ballot questions must be presented to the electors, one regarding the Town’s inclusion in and one regarding the Town’s exclusion from each special district. The ballot questions may be initiated by petitions signed by at least 5% of the voters, or the governing body may adopt resolutions to hold elections on the ballot questions. 

If one question is approved by a majority of the eligible electors and the other question is not approved by a majority of eligible electors, the approved question would take effect. If both questions are approved by a majority of the eligible electors, the question that receives the greater number of votes would take effect. If neither question is approved by a majority of eligible electors, the boundaries of the district would remain as they were before the election. 

If the voters elect to be excluded from the district, the exclusion takes effect on the earlier of December 31, 2050, or the date on which any district securities that were secured by the specific pledge of proceeds of sales taxes prior to January 1, 2021, are repaid. The district may continue to collect sales and use tax revenues within the boundaries of the district after the voters elect to be excluded and prior to the effective date of the exclusion, as long as the district provides a reasonably proportionate level of service to the town of Parker during that time.

View the full bill summary by clicking the link below.

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