Apex special district ballot results

Special district elections vote in four board members to Apex and Arvada Fire Protection district boards

Crystal Anderson
Posted 5/5/16

Voters vote to create new recreation facilities

Special district elections vote in four board members to Apex and Arvada Fire Protection district boards

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Apex special district ballot results

Special district elections vote in four board members to Apex and Arvada Fire Protection district boards

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With 14,294 votes, Arvada residents said `yes' to six new recreational facilities.

And within the next two-and-a-half years, Apex Park and Recreation District residents will begin to see the renovation and creation of those facilities around the city.

“We are thankful for their support and confidence,” said Apex board member, Jim Whitfield. “We are extremely proud of the citizens of the district who have recognized the vision of continually improving the recreational needs of citizens of the district.”

On May 3, more than 23,000 voters registered their opinion for Arvada's special districts' board of directors and two initiatives - the Apex facilities bond and extending term limits for the Arvada Fire Protection District Board. The passing of the $25 million bond will extend the district's current package for 20 years. This package will tax district residents $11 per every $100,000 of home value to pay an estimated $28,248,442 for the six projects.

“I'm glad to see that some very necessary projects will get the funding that they need, but I think it's appalling the way voters were manipulated by big money and other self-serving interests,” said Dave Palm on the Apex bond passing. “The procedure is seriously flawed.”

Along with the bond passing, the elections welcomed three new board members to both the Arvada Fire Protection District and the Apex Board of Directors; re-welcomed an incumbent to the Apex board; and extended term limits on the Arvada Fire Protection District board from two consecutive four-year terms to three.

“I am happy about winning the election and glad my friend Kirk won as well. I was confident I had a good chance to win, but certainly knew it would be competitive,” said newly-elected fire board member Tim Allport. “…Public safety is the top priority, but I am also looking forward to building a rapport with the other directors and the staff.”
Allport said along with safety, he thinks the board should talk about the special district election process itself, as historically, it's received low voter turnout.

Whitfield agreed, attributing the bond passing to the board and volunteers' campaign efforts.

“Without doubt the hard work performed by the campaign team and also those involved with informing and getting the voters to turn in the ballots was vital.”

To review a listing of the Apex Park and Recreation projects, visit www.apexprd.org/apex-prd-3-election-results-bond-issue-passes.

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