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The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to refer Issue 1A, Public Safety Ballot Measure, to the November 2019 ballot on August 27, 2019. Read the approved resolution online here.
What would the funds be used for?
Funding would be used to construct a new jail and expand programming for mental health, substance abuse, education, on-the-job, and life skills training. Specifically:
Construction, operations & maintenance of a new jail, including:
Expanded programming includes:
What would this cost?
The proposal seeks a property tax increase of 3.4 mills beginning in year 2020, of which 1.1 mills would sunset in 2052 after completion of capital construction debt payments. The remaining mill levy would continue to fund ongoing operations and maintenance expenditures.
The Board also would establish a citizen advisory committee to review and monitor expenditures associated with this measure should voters approve.
This referred measure is a result of years of work by the county and the Long Range Planning Committee, a citizen-based advisory committee. Read the full resolution and ballot language online on our County Ordinances page.