Both Indian Hills Fire Rescue and Indian Hills Water District are Special Districts…. How will this impact their budgets next year (2019) ?
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|Update on Residential Assessment Rate
As many of you already know, the Residential Assessment Rate (RAR) has been one of the main issues that SDA has focused on over the last year.
In the 2019 Legislative Session, the Legislature will once again review the new values determined by the biennial assessment of properties and set a new RAR to be applied in 2020-21. Preliminary estimates have indicated that the new RAR will likely be in the area of 6.2%, a reduction of 14.1%. The current RAR is set at 7.2%.
This of course leads to the question of what can be done to reduce the impact of this seemingly unavoidable hit to the revenue of special districts. Part of the problem is that the issue involves the interface of two Constitutional amendments, the Gallagher Amendment and the TABOR Amendment, and true relief from this RAR dilemma would really come only through a Constitutional amendment.
Since the success of a Constitutional amendment is dubious, various approaches have been floated to find actions that could be achieved through legislation instead. The latest approach was to extend the reappraisal period from the traditional two years to four years. This would have the effect of keeping the current RAR for an additional two years before it would have to be adjusted.
While this proposal was not without its own potential issues, a bill to make this change was drafted in this Legislative Session, and it appeared that it would be introduced as a late bill. However, we found out on Friday, April 27 that the bill would not be introduced at all…period, end of story. To address the problem, the Legislature has established an interim committee that will meet several times this summer to focus on these issues.
Many districts are now considering efforts to obtain relief from future RAR adjustments through local ballot questions. SDA is working with prominent attorneys and tax experts to develop potential ballot questions to seek local voter approval of a process by which district Boards could adjust their mill levies in anticipation of RAR adjustments. However, the drafting of these ballot questions is tricky, and success, which is of course not guaranteed, depends on a district’s unique circumstances.
As we continue our work on this ongoing problem, SDA will remain focused and committed to finding any possible solutions. Please stay tuned for more information as we will continue to keep you apprised of any future developments.
Just being reported – Indian Hills Water District Director Steve Hosie wrote a long post in the Indian Hills facebook Group – encouraging fellow Indian Hills residents to review the Indian Hills Water District (IHWD) meeting minutes and understand why he is not able to endorse or vote for fellow Director Nelson Goodreau, a public official. Full post and story can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndianHillsColorado/permalink/10157520041924782/
As reported on the Indian Hills Colorado Facebook page by IHWD Director Steve Hosie: Having served our community on the IHWD Board of Directors for the last 10 years, I have been asked by many in our community who I consider the best candidates for the IHWD Board of Directors. Names listed are not in any particular order.
For the Two Year Seats: Samantha August and Craig Levy. These two community members have experience working in positive ways for our community while serving on the Indian Hills Water District Board of Directors and have a good grasp of the issues IHWD and our community is facing.
For the Four Year Seats: Scott Ryplewski, Tony Pesce, Marianna Kristoff, Dave Mosby, Michael Cunningham. All of these people bring professional skills to the table that will continue to take the Water District forward in a positive direction working together for our community, safe drinking water, water treatment, storage and conservation.
Those names not listed in the above post, I would not vote for and I do not recommend.
Movie Nights in Indian Hills: http://indianhillsfunrun.com/
May 24th – Thursday Night: Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown. Music, Dinner and Movie…. Movie Playing: The Jungle Book (2016)
July 3rd – Tuesday Night: Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown. Music, Dinner and Movie….. Movie Playing: The Great Outdoors
July 4th – Indian Hills Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast and Parade – details at: http://indianhillsfunrun.com/
August 24th – Friday Night – Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown. Music, Dinner and Movie…. Movie Playing: Ferdinand
Events: Indian Hills Water District Public Meeting is at: 6:30pm being held at the Indian Hills Community Center and the agenda has been posted online at: https://indianhillswater.com/attachments/article/134/4%202018%20Agenda%20IHWD.pdf
News concerning Indian Hills and the Jefferson County Board of Health Meeting April 18, 2018
At the Jefferson County Board of Health public meeting held on April 18, 2018, Jefferson County Board of Health appeared eager to move forward and work with property owner of land located at 23749 MONT BLANC DR
INDIAN HILLS CO 80454 and 23799 MONT BLANC DR
INDIAN HILLS CO 80454 to allow merging of two 1/2 acre lots into a single new parcel and allow new development regardless the land is in the Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area.
After hearing public testimony from the property owners who purchased the land in 2016 and hearing from Jefferson County Environmental Health Employee Mr. Roy Laws, the Board of Health recommended the property owner to move forward, work with Mr. Craig Sanders and Mr. Roy Laws, build their case and apply for a variance to allow new development on a new building site of 1 acre within the Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area. The Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area prohibits new development on all lots identified within the moratorium area and has been in place since 1979.
Jefferson County Board of Health Meeting information can be found at: https://www.jeffco.us/3413/Board-of-Health