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How are the Art Encounters sculptures on display in downtown Parker chosen?
Parker, along with Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Roxborough, participates in the Douglas County Art Encounters program. The program is overseen by the Douglas County Cultural Council, which puts out a call for artists each year to submit works that may be displayed in the participating communities. The Town of Parker’s Art In Public Places Committee (AIPP) then reviews all of the submissions and narrows down their top choices. All participating municipalities regroup and take turns selecting their top choices, until all spots are filled.
Selected Art Encounters sculptures are placed in various locations on Town-owned property along Mainstreet and in downtown Parker. The Art in Public Places Committee typically selects between six and eight sculptures a year, and identifies the best location for each piece based on the sculpture’s dimensions, the size of the pads available, the subject matter of the pieces, and other considerations.
Where can I drop off an American flag ready for retirement?
If the time has come to replace your American flag, you may drop it off at the Parker Town Hall front desk at your convenience. The Town partners with local organizations to collect the flags to be properly retired. Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
How much of the Town’s revenue comes from general property tax?
General property tax represents a small portion of the Town’s annual revenue. Less than 2% of the Town’s 2019 revenue came from property tax. That’s because a majority of property tax dollars are distributed to other taxing authorities. While property tax has increased over the years, the Town of Parker’s portion has remained the same (2.602 mills) since 1997. This amount equates to approximately $75 annually on a $400,000 home. You can view a full breakdown of your property tax and what entities it is paid to by visiting www.douglas.co.us/assessor and typing your street address in the search bar.
Check out the Town Revenue Sources post on the Did You Know Blog to learn more about this topic.
What are the wooden “goalposts” going up around Town?
The “goalposts” you’ve seen popping up around Town are part of the ongoing PSCo/Xcel Energy Pawnee-Daniels Park Project construction.
These wooden structures, which are temporary in nature, are designed to add an extra level of protection when PSCo/Excel strings the new line and installs the transmission cable this fall. The structures will carry the cable over the road and prevent damage or harm should the cable drop or fall during installation.
The Town will continue to provide project updates as they are available. Information can also be accessed on the main PSCo/Xcel Energy Pawnee-Daniels Park Project website.