Thank you so much for voting Yes on 300.
Ballot Question 300 passed giving you a say to approve urban renewal plans to guide development in Littleton.
Here are the election results from the City.
Ballot Question 300 – (require registered elector approval for urban renewal)
Ballot Question 2A – (prohibit eminent domain except at request of property owner)
Please note the City’s description above for Ballot Question 300 says approval for urban renewal when the ballot measure says approval of urban renewal PLANS.
The people have spoken once more. It is time for the council to understand that the majority Littleton citizens would like a say in what this town looks like. Thanks to all the wonderful people of Littleton who don’t want this town to be anything BUT little!!!
As you probably already know we operating on a shoe string and we could use a few more bucks to help defray the cost of this campaign. Please consider making a contribution to Your Littleton Your Vote and mailing it to 2000 W Arapahoe Road, 80120. A contribution of 19.99 can be reported as a misc contribution; anything over 19.99 I will need to have your employer and occupation.
Don’t Miss the Page with Doug Clark, former mayor, talking about Urban Renewal in Littleton (see page in black banner above – 3rd line) or the updated list of contributors to oppose your right to vote – over $94,000 to fight your right to vote.
Thank you to everyone that came to the information meeting. Voters in Littleton are smart and came with very good questions. The idea that voters are not smart enough to vote on these matters is not a concern of mine!
3,926 Littleton registered voters signed petitions this past Fall to amend the City Charter. The approval of the ballot question 300 would provide citizens the right to vote on urban renewal plans – which really means oversight over the use of condemnation and eminent domain, oversight over the diverting of our public tax dollars (property and sales taxes where applicable) from the schools, parks, county, urban drainage and the city to urban renewal, and any use of public tax dollars to subsidize private development. The actual wording of 300 is:
Any council action approving or modifying an urban renewal plan pursuant to Part 1 of the Colorado Urban Renewal Law must be ratified by the registered electors of the City of Littleton if the approval or modification of the urban renewal plan proposes the use of or change to eminent domain, condemnation, tax increment financing, revenue sharing, or cost sharing.
Registered electors of Littleton will be receiving a mail ballot around February 10th – this is an all mail-in ballot election. There will be two questions on the ballot – they DO NOT contradict each other and both deal with eminent domain. A Yes vote on 300 will put all urban renewal plans (not projects) to the voters. If we believe that their plan is worth taking someone’s private property we will say yes. If we believe that their plan is worth diverting millions of our tax dollars for the next 25 years plus to an unelected urban renewal board we will say yes. But we will also have the right to vote NO if we do not believe their plans will benefit the citizens and taxpayers of Littleton. Vote yes on 300 for your right to vote!
There are several elements of the urban renewal law. We have spent the last year researching and learning about urban renewal, we have attended the urban renewal meetings, the council meetings and planning board meetings. We have researched the last urban renewal plan in Littleton – the Littleton Riverfront Festival Center, which was a colossal failure that lead to a $9,000,000 debt from the authority to the city being written off because it could never be paid. In order to learn more about the last failed urban renewal project, what tax increment financing is, what the state law allows you will have to do more reading on this site. There are several postings on littletonviews.wordpress.com that relate to this subject…..you can follow the link at the bottom of the page to get you there.
Question 2A was placed on the ballot by 5 council members in an effort to confuse the voters. Their question is meaningless – it would allow eminent domain only in the instance that the property owner requests condemnation. The reason why their question is meaningless is they have already approved 4 urban renewal plans that give the urban renewal authority (LIFT) the full power of eminent domain. The passage of 2A will not change the use of eminent domain – with or without the consent of the property owner. The question is on the ballot hoping that you won’t understand the difference and that you might vote yes on one question and no on the other. In fact, that is their strategy. A yes vote on 2A will not change anything – 300 is the only question on the ballot that will actually have in impact on our public tax dollars and the use of eminent domain.