Yes, we did it! Citizens concerned about the use of eminent domain and the sharing of our public tax dollars with private developers took their message to the voters this past late summer and early fall. Doors were knocked on and petitions were signed – we needed 3,151 signatures of voters registered to vote in the City of Littleton and we collected 3,926 – far more than was needed.
On Dec. 2, 2014 the city council approved the ballot title and set the date for the election as March 3rd. (BTW, we have been criticized for the cost of this election but we see it as a small price to pay to ensure that millions of our future tax dollars will not be siphoned away over the next 25 plus years. By comparison, it is a drop in the bucket and well worth the expenditure. Council budgets have always contemplated special elections anticipating a situation such as this.)
This election will be a mail-in ballot election and voters will get to decide if they want to ratify any urban renewal plan that will use eminent domain, condemnation or will use tax dollars to fund private developers. The official question is:
SHALL THE LITTLETON CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION: SECTION 64.5 URBAN RENEWAL:
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.
Any project not using public tax dollars or eminent domain will not require the voter’s approval. Littleton is capable of developing without the use of either and all anyone has to do is drive around to see development taking place without the help of public funds or taking someone’s private property.
Submitted by Carol Brzeczek