Arvada group launches charter amendment petition

The petition seeks for voter approval on incentives

Posted 7/31/17

A $30 land sale to a land developmer sparked public outcry in Arvada earlier this year.

Now a group of residents are proposing a city charter amendment that would require voter approval of any similar deals.

Arvada for All the People, a …

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Arvada group launches charter amendment petition

The petition seeks for voter approval on incentives

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A $30 land sale to a land developmer sparked public outcry in Arvada earlier this year.

Now a group of residents are proposing a city charter amendment that would require voter approval of any similar deals.

Arvada for All the People, a citizens group, has launched the petition effort, to get the proposed city charter amendment on a special election ballot. The group's organizers say the land deal planned between Arvada Urban Renewal Authority and developer Trammell Crow for an 8.25-acre mixed-use development at Wadsworth Boulevard and 56th Avenue, has served as a prime example of why additional controls on the city's government is needed.

The proposal, titled Protect Arvada Taxpayers (PAT), would make voter approval required for sales and/or property tax subsidies/incentives of over $2.5 million for private businesses and on city-owned land sales appraised over $1 million to private businesses.The charter amendment would also make the elected city council the board of commissioners for the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority.

In the past two years citizen-initiated proposals reforming Urban Renewal Authorities have been approved by voters in Wheat Ridge and Littleton. The Arvada group says it hopes to follow in the same footsteps.

Petition circulators have 90 days to collect 12,996 signatures — 15 percent of the city's registered voters on the day that they file the notice of intent. Signature collection started Saturday, July 29 and will end Oct. 26. Residents can visit www.arvadaforallthepeople.com to find out where petition circulators will be throughout this time. A petition signing event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Wadsworth Bypass and 56th Avenue.

If the proper number of votes are collected and verified, the petition will go to city council and a special election will be set, some time past the November ballot.

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Stan Dyer

No matter who you are, no matter your political affiliation, and no matter how you feel about your city "giving away" seven million dollars of your land to an investor for the total sum of $30, you should really think about signing this petition.

As it stands now, the city pretty much has Carte Blanche to do as it pleases, especially since it considers itself a "home rule" city, and not bound by any laws except the laws they choose to be bound by. Heck, even the last time they had a City Council opening between elections, they didn't bother to vote on a replacement. They just "assigned" someone to the seat. That's against the law, and the courts agreed, but the city spent your money to appeal the conviction on the basis of "home rule" meaning they can "do what they want." This is just one example of the city taking too much power from, and away from the people they serve. We do not vote the into office to affect their own agendas, and to line their pockets at our expense. We need all of our money we can keep, and we need our tax dollars to be spent wisely as much as possible.

Please sign this petition, and let the people of the city vote on whether or not it should be law to allow a majority to citizens to decide whether or not seven million dollar properties can or should be sold for $30. Thank You!

| Saturday, August 5, 2017