What do you want for Lakewood?

Voters given TABOR question

After an extensive community conversation with residents and receiving public comments through a variety of forums, the City Council decided at its Aug. 27 meeting to put a question on the November ballot to ask voters about the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights limits in Lakewood. Watch the meeting here.

The ballot language is available on this site, and an outline of the question is below.

  • Ask Lakewood voters whether or not to allow the city to keep and spend the $12.5 million of funds currently in excess of the TABOR limits for the following purposes:
    • $8.5 million for open space and parkland purchases.
    • $2 million for police protective gear and safety-related assets.
    • $2 million for infrastructure and transportation improvements.
  • Ask voters whether or not to allow the city to keep and spend any future revenues above the TABOR limits through Dec. 31, 2025, for the following purposes:
    • One-third for open space and parkland purchases, improvements and maintenance.
    • One-third on police agents, safety equipment and assets.
    • One-third on infrastructure including transportation improvements with high-priority safety concerns and for new and upgraded sidewalks, paths, streetlights and path lighting where needed for safety.
  • Require a separate budget to ensure the $12.5 million and any future revenues above the TABOR limit are spent for only these purposes.

Voters given TABOR question

After an extensive community conversation with residents and receiving public comments through a variety of forums, the City Council decided at its Aug. 27 meeting to put a question on the November ballot to ask voters about the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights limits in Lakewood. Watch the meeting here.

The ballot language is available on this site, and an outline of the question is below.

  • Ask Lakewood voters whether or not to allow the city to keep and spend the $12.5 million of funds currently in excess of the TABOR limits for the following purposes:
    • $8.5 million for open space and parkland purchases.
    • $2 million for police protective gear and safety-related assets.
    • $2 million for infrastructure and transportation improvements.
  • Ask voters whether or not to allow the city to keep and spend any future revenues above the TABOR limits through Dec. 31, 2025, for the following purposes:
    • One-third for open space and parkland purchases, improvements and maintenance.
    • One-third on police agents, safety equipment and assets.
    • One-third on infrastructure including transportation improvements with high-priority safety concerns and for new and upgraded sidewalks, paths, streetlights and path lighting where needed for safety.
  • Require a separate budget to ensure the $12.5 million and any future revenues above the TABOR limit are spent for only these purposes.

Ask your question here about City Council's TABOR discussion and city staff will respond within three business days. For general questions and concerns about the city, please visit www.lakewood.org/RequestLakewood, which is the city's online customer service center available online 24 hours a day. 

Please note, your question will be visible to the public. If you'd like to send a question privately, please contact kaigau@lakewood.org.


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  • Is this money that the city of Lakewood already has or will it require further and increased taxes

    joann asked 6 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this issue, and yes, this is money the city already has, and it does not involve any tax rate increase. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • One way the city needs to do better is to cut back on all of the money they spend on non-essential items. There would be a lot more money available to use on essential things the city should be providing for the people who live here. I feel that the city has plenty of money to make improvements in safety and for open space and infrastructure and transportation needs without taking our Tabor refund. This refund would benefit a lot of people who are just barely getting by. Those who don't need the money can either donate it to their favorite charity or help someone in need in the community.

    carol asked 12 days ago

    Carol, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreaciate your insight. 

  • What specifically does police safety equipment and assets mean? From the outside looking in, this is completely unnecessary and certainly not what Lakewood truly needs. I agree with a set percentage to buy and/or improve open areas - this is good in a multitude of ways as long as its not all developed and the wildlife have sancuary. I also completely agree with infrastructure needs and resident safety. Lastly, I strongly believe as a resident of Lakewood for 36 years, that this city could benefit hugely with a certain percentage for upkeep of presentation in our neighborhoods. By this I mean assisting land owners (particularly the elderly but also those who need help) by any means necessary to remove dead trees and shrubbery and maintain a reasonably nice presentation. Lakewood has always been in dire need of this kind of assistance and would do wonders for the community, property values, reputation and overall morale. Thanks for listening.

    Ray Acree asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for letting us know your thoughts. To answer your question about the police safety equipment and assets, here is what has been discussed: SWAT vehicle, ballistic equipment, taser replacement, patrol car light bar replacement, infrared UAV camera, police agent health and wellness assessment and license plate readers. To learn more, you can watch the Sept. 17 study session about the budget in the “important links” section of this website. This will be discussed further at the Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 meetings.


  • Absolutely Not Tabour must Stay Lakewood City Council is not Above THE STATE OF COLORADO CONSTITUTION

    Tabour Must Stay asked 15 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • I support letting the city of lakewood keep and spend the 12.5 million . why, you ask? because there is really no fair or impartial to refund the money back to the taxpayers. I am a property owner , and I do not need a refund whatever amount is. The way the refund would be disbursed would be unfair to the renters who live in lakewood. The refund to property owners would also be unfair to all the visitors who do not live in lakewood who pay sales taxes. We can trust the city of lakewood government to spend the money wisely. TABOR is not perfect and it does more harm than good.

    debruce123 asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to communciate your feedback.

  • I see the Stevinson annexation (which includes Colorado Mills and Denver West) is PERMANENTLY exempt from TABOR limits on property, sales and use taxes. So 2017 Mills is not part of the $12.5 million excess? Are any marijuana sales taxes in the City Revenues subject to TABOR? Thank you.

    G.C. asked 2 months ago

    Colorado Mills is not part of any excess. Marijuana sales are subject to the 3.0% Lakewood sales tax. Two thirds of the Lakewood sales tax (except at Mills) is limited by Tabor.  There are no marijuana sales at Colorado Mills.

  • For the open spaces purchases in Solterra, does the public have access? what about water going to these new developments, how is that being handled?

    jude asked 2 months ago

    The City is not purchasing anything in the Solterra Development.

    As the area is subdivided, parcels are dedicated to the City for park and drainage purposes  Those are all open to the general public.  In addition, several parcels have been dedicated to the Fossil Ridge Metro District, which could restrict access to their parcels as determined by the Districts Directors.  However, most of the sites have blanket easements allowing public access on them.

    Water service to Solterra is being provided by The Consolidated Mutual Water Company.


  • To have my facts clear, the 2017 Audit shows a $12.5 million excess which is to be addressed by TABOR (one way or the other...by a default refund, or a possible question on the November ballot to retain it and use it for programs and projects at the city's discretion.) It is all or nothing - not a partial refund or usage. This excess was collected even when Colorado Mills Mall was closed for a significant part of the year, whose Sales Tax is is a large contributor to the City's Sales Tax Revenues. What are the normal Mills revenues and what was 2017? And 2018 projection? I do agree your writing does NOT present our choice clearly / fairly....Do you want to keep things the same or have all this fun new stuff... NO to auto-pilot as others have said. Let it come up as one year at a time. How does my refund appear?

    G.C. asked 2 months ago

    The city sales tax revenues from Colorado Mills for the last two years and the projection for this year are shown below.  

    2016: $7,124,000

    2017: $3,874,000

    2018 Budget: $5,370,000

    The city's TABOR refunds for the last four years have used the most efficient method for providing those refunds. Property owners in Lakewood have received a temporary credit on their property tax bills or stormwater utility service charges.


  • Dear Mr. Mayor and City Council, We have heard and read a number of options regarding the refund due to the over-collection of taxes. All have their merits, I'm sure. The ones I don't want enacted have to do with eliminating TABOR for ever-more. I might be O.K. with the City keeping the current years' over-collection if the question was put to the citizenry and they voted to allow you to keep it, but to tie the refund to the separate question of eliminating TABOR is WRONG. One question at a time here people. If you can't do that, maybe there is no question - just refund the over-collection, like you're supposed to, under the law. Gordon Seufert, Managing Member Recycled Mat-ters (720) 515-1666 www.RecycledMat-ters.com Processing Plant: 6000 West Byers Place, Lakewood, CO 80226

    Gordon asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments and for participating in this discussion.

  • In the last "Looking@Lakewood", be careful how the wording is present in the What do you want for Lakewood?, the last paragraph, is not neutral. "Do you want to keep services at current levels or do you want more parks and recreation offerings, improved safety and more transportation improvements?" then it says not matter the choice these services will be the highest quality. Please be aware of this type of influence in writing.

    jude asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your comments.

  • Is it true you raised the roofing fees to $400.00 Up from $72.00 that's an almost a 600% increase. How do you justify that?

    Cspeer asked 2 months ago

    Lakewood reroof permit fees for single-family and duplex homes are a flat fee of $85.  Reroof permit fees for multi-family and commercial buildings depend on the estimated cost of the project.  Permit fees have not changed since 2014. For more information, please contact the permitting division at 303-987-7500. 


  • Here is my off the top, gut reaction - Do away with it but set a cap on spending. This money should be a reserve fund for the City in case of emergency. There don't blow away all the money. Also, why does all this money need to be spent on Parks and Rec? I can think of other priorities for the City. Such as donating to the Action Center so more homeless people have a place to sleep at night. There are too many homeless along Colfax, Wads, etc. We need to shelter these souls and try to get them off the streets. Addict's need help. Set up a program to help them get off the booze, opoids, meth, etc The mentally ill need programs to help them Also I have some great ideas for criminal justice reform to help our kids.

    Jo-Marie Lisa asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment and suggestions. In our community needs survey, there is an opportunity to list needs you think are most important to address if the City is authorized to retain and spend the TABOR funds. You can take the survey here. Thank you. 

  • Why would public officials want to circumvent Tabor when it's been the only thing keeping Politicians fiscally responsible? Why are people in public office continually looking at ways to decrease our quality of living only for the sake of looking for more tax revenue to spend such as AirBB and circumventing tabor) . If you limit the growth you'll limit the need of spending. Look at Boulder it works for them and increases our home values.

    Nothumn1 asked 3 months ago

    An important part of TABOR is ensuring that voters are asked about taxes and the funding of their government. That is also part of Lakewood’s City Charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. What Lakewood City Council is discussing falls in line with that voting requirement of TABOR and with the City Charter.  A ballot question would ask voters how they want their Lakewood government funded. The separate and unrelated City Council discussion about short-term rentals has been only to find out how residents think those rentals should be regulated.


  • If it is voted to overturn TABOR, what kind of transparency is going to be provided to show where the money is being spent and how? It's very easy to say where the money is planned on being spent, it's another to show that it really is being spent where it's supposed to be, and who gets to decide where and how it is spent?

    Jonweb85 asked 3 months ago

    The current discussion includes City Council considering what items would be included in the potential ballot question specifying how the money would be spent. The main part of the survey on this site is to let residents tell us what they think and how funds should be spent. In the last TABOR question put to Lakewood voters in 2007, City Council specified in the question that open space revenues and grants for public safety, transportation and cultural activities would be exempt from TABOR. That way, Lakewood voters got to decide both on the TABOR question and the funds involved. In addition, the City Council authorizes all spending by the city, and the City Council’s budgeting process is open and transparent to the public through several public meetings and hearings. There are also three Lakewood residents on the city’s Budget and Audit Committee. Each year’s budget is also available on at www.Lakewood.org/Budgets.


  • Why is the city fighting the limited growth petition?

    Mike asked 3 months ago

    The city is not fighting the limited growth petition. The city clerk has actually approved the growth cap petition and signatures, which would have allowed the petition to be put on the ballot. But a Lakewood resident has filed a lawsuit to stop the petition from being placed on the ballot, and that lawsuit is protesting the city clerk’s approval of the petition and signatures. The city’s position in that court case is that the city clerk’s approval of the petition and signatures was valid and that the petition should be allowed to proceed. The city has taken no legal action to stop the petition from being placed on the ballot; rather, it is the resident’s lawsuit that has prevented the petition from proceeding to the ballot. The case is pending before a judge in Jefferson County District Court, where a hearing was held about a month ago to hear all arguments involving the claims in the lawsuit.


  • Since the city has 30 million emergency fund why don’t you think of a way to give back the 12 million the city over collected in taxes.

    Mike asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and suggestion.

  • We are facing major weather changes in Colorado and the front range. The amount of water available will be significantly less in the near future. We cannot sustain growth here in Lakewood. How could this "tabor refund" be used to help in two areas? 1- Drastically reduce new development of now undeveloped property 2 - Begin an aggressive program of conversion of public and private irrigable land to low water landscaping. Use incentives.

    rball888 asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your ideas. I would suggest you add these to the open-ended box that is included on the survey if you haven't already taken it. City Council is currently looking at ways to address growth, change and the quality of life in Lakewood, and you can catch up on that discussion on this website by clicking on the Lakewood Development Dialogue project or using www.Lakewood.org/LDD. An ad hoc committee of council members is discussing proposals for  the full council to consider and for public comment. Lakewood has also initiated several efforts to reduce water use in city facilities. Some recent examples of this are available at the links below:

    https://whatsgoodinthewoodblog.com/2017/11/08/sustainable-plants-median-makeovers/

    https://whatsgoodinthewoodblog.com/2017/09/07/efficient-water-usage/


  • What has the city done to prepare for the traffic and over crowded schools that will result from the all the new development in the city?

    rrocklin asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    There are three main ways transportation improvements occur to address growth’s effects:

    ·  Cooperative regional projects, for example:

      • The creation of an interchange a few years ago at C-470 and Alameda, which included substantial funding from a land developer,
      • The addition of a motor vehicle lane each direction on Wadsworth and the addition of shared-use paths from Colfax Avenue to Highland Drive, and
      • Planned reconstruction of the 6th/Wadsworth interchange, which will extend the third motor vehicle lane in each direction and the shared-use paths.

    ·  City projects, for example:

      • Recently added sidewalk and lighting along the north side of 1st Avenue between O’Kane Park and Harlan Street,
      • Adding left turn arrows to the traffic signal at the Wright Street intersection with Jewell Avenue to better accommodate 6th graders being incorporated into Dunston Middle School, and
      • On-going funding for sidewalks and bike facilities with $500,000 per year planned.

    ·  Projects funded by land developers, for example:

      • Creation of Routt Street from Alameda Avenue to 4th Avenue between St. Anthony Hospital and the Federal Center, and
      • All of the street improvements associated with the Solterra development including:
        • Adding a lane in each direction to Alameda between McIntyre Boulevard and Bear Creek Boulevard with on-street bike lanes and a detached shared-use path,
        • Creating McIntyre Boulevard between Yale Avenue and Alameda, and
        • Constructing Yale Avenue between McIntyre and Indiana Street, and
      • Adding median islands and an additional northbound lane to Wadsworth between Woodard Drive and Jewell Avenue.

    As a new development is proposed, traffic impacts are projected including the amount of additional traffic and which roadways are likely to be affected. When warranted, the developer is required to hire an experienced traffic engineer to prepare a traffic impact study. The developer then has to mitigate the impacts attributable to increased traffic. 

    The city, Jefferson County (including the area within Lakewood) and the region have transportation plans from which specific improvement projects are often derived. The master plans are developed with consideration of population growth. In addition, the Lakewood community was recently involved in a transportation study that identified multiple projects for the Union Boulevard corridor between Alameda Avenue and 6th Avenue and in updating the community’s bicycle master plan. One project included in the Union study, the bicycle master plan and the city-wide transportation plan is extending Routt Street across 6th Avenue to connect to Quail Street, which will provide an additional location for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to safely cross 6th Avenue. Funding for this project has not yet been identified.

    Most of the major arterial streets through and adjacent to Lakewood are actually state highways under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).  Wadsworth, Kipling, Colfax, US6, C470, Morrison, Hampden and Sheridan are examples. Lakewood does have a few major arterials like Alameda, Jewell, Union and Simms. As part of a metropolitan region, state highways and city arterial streets in Lakewood are also affected by development that occurs in other communities.

    Lakewood works closely with CDOT and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) on major roadways.  DRCOG is the designated metropolitan planning organization that is tasked with analyzing projects and planning how to handle the expected growth in the region.  The latest plan for growth is called Metro Vision and can be found at metrovision.drcog.org.  In the Lakewood area, CDOT, Jefferson County, Lakewood and adjacent agencies all propose projects that would address transportation issues.  DRCOG then scores them in accordance with parameters from the Metro Vision plan and grant funding is allocated for the best projects in each category.  The projects that widened Wadsworth from north of Colfax nearly to US6 are good examples of this process to distribute federal and state money for projects that address growth. 

    Construction of the W-Line light rail provided an additional transportation option that can reduce the number of motor vehicles on the roads. The City of Lakewood has worked to concentrate some of the new development near the W-Line light rail stations with the intent being that newer residents could use more public transportation.

    For how schools are preparing for growth, please contact Jeffco Public Schools directly at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/. You can also find good statistics on their enrollment at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/about/district_profile/enrollment_statistics .You will see that district wide the enrollment is pretty flat or has gone down since 2002.   If you look at membership by articulation area for Lakewood area high schools, they also are pretty flat or have gone down slightly. 

  • How much extra funding from property owners will it take to get our police dept to enforce motor vehicle noise ordinances. Defective and modified mufflers on cars pick ups & motor cycles are at unacceptable levels!

    TABOR asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comment. Please take the survey and include in the open-ended box on the survey that you would like city services to focus on enforcing the noise ordinance so that City Council can see that. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/survey-taken/?sm=PaanwP_2FEAEJYY3a4dJiyC7MRrQ6_2Fifpa7Yfm_2BmEF7iRaES0JRMh7OE3qdCJglYUlnlfCU2oY_2BXb6vOeFdq0loqAXlGHYG6fmnBSAzL7OQI0_3D


  • What is a better way for people, seniors, low income, needing temporary help following surgery etc, to have access to a list of assistance of sorts? Often, I pick up a paper, or hear someone talk, found volunteers helping seniors make repairs on homes etc.

    Lorraine asked 3 months ago

    Brother's Redevelopment, a nonprofit organization, provides this kind of assistance, and you can check the website at www.brothersredevelopment.org or use the contact information below. You can also call Lakewood's Outreach Office for help at 303-987-4838 or davapl@lakewood.org.


    Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.
    2250 Eaton St.
    Garden Level, Suite B
    Denver, CO 80214

    303-202-6340
    303-274-1314 (fax)

    info@brothersredevelopment.org 

  • Lakewood's lack of a public, offleash dog park near the belmar/downtown area is bizarre. There is a huge need for an offleash area - why could a section of belmar park not be purposed in this way?

    Lsully asked 3 months ago

    We learned during our master planning outreach with the public last year that there is a need for more dog parks in Lakewood. We also learned that people are very concerned about where they should and more importantly should not go.

    First, using lessons learned from around the country, staff are working on developing criteria for land that will make for a good dog park and considering elements that should be included in a new facility. Properties that fit the criteria will then be considered for implementation.

    Belmar Park would likely receive a lot of concerns from the public, which is why nailing down criteria before looking at specific sites is prudent and important. Belmar Park often receives a lot of attention from visitors and neighbors that want it to remain very friendly to wildlife and other uses often receive negative feedback. There is a lot of water onsite which can be challenging with dog parks due to effects on water quality. That said, if Belmar fits the criteria developed, it would receive more careful consideration.

  • How many open space purchases did Lakewood make in the last year?

    David asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The City added park parcels to the Solterra West and Solterra Central corridors in 2017. In February 2018, the City closed on almost 60 acres of the Taylor property.


  • Why are zoning variances not required? Our neighbor was able to put in a huge garage and it ruined our green belt view. I called to complain and was told that it fell within the parameters of a shed and no zoning variance required

    Pat asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question and voicing your concerns regarding the garage in your neighborhood. Please call the City's planner on duty at 303-987-7571. They would be happy to help answer this planning question.

  • Short Term rentals is a bad idea just like pot was. don't fall into the trap. Why are you seeking this? To spend money? WHy do you want to lift Tabor? The real reason is to lift fiscal responsibility?

    Nothumn1 asked 3 months ago

    Lakewood has refunded money under TABOR to property owners for several years now, which is what happens if Lakewood voters aren't asked about the issue on the ballot. City Council is discussing whether Lakewood voters should decide the issue rather than continuing with not asking them.

  • The video tells us that the City could spend an additional $12.5 million dollars for 'stuff' that we might like to have. But it fails to mention how citizens might otherwise spend the $12.5 million on things that individual families might like. So, why is the city not providing a more balanced presentation?

    Citizen John asked 3 months ago

    The video does cover the options for city services if Lakewood voters were to opt to lift the TABOR limits, but it's up to individual families who own property in Lakewood on how they would spend the money refunded to property owners, which is not something the city can determine or decide.

  • I worry about Open Spaces, which are so cherished in Lakewood. Development is gobbling up every vacant piece of land. How do we secure Open Spaces, so future generations of Lakewood citizens can enjoy this beautiful area we live in?

    Brigitte asked 3 months ago

    The City Council is discussing that issue in a variety of ways. One of the ways is asking residents what city services are most important to them, so please take the survey that is part of this discussion. Council is also discussing this as part of the Lakewood Development Dialogue, which is about growth, change and the quality of life in Lakewood. Please catch up on that discussion by clicking on the "Lakewood Development Dialogue" item on the front page of this site.

  • Are there now or are there going to be height restrictions on residential properties adjacent to homes? Please drive by 1903 Garland to see what happened there.

    mwolfe asked 3 months ago

    Currently, the height limit for all homes in all residential zoning districts is 35 feet. The creation of further height restrictions is one of the subjects that will be discussed by the City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee for the Development Dialogue in the coming weeks. Catch up on that project by visiting the Lakewood Development Dialogue page on this website.


  • Code enforcement I believe is an issue, or more directly, the lack of. South city, West city doesn't seem to have an issue, however North city and East city does. I understand culturel differences however trash, boarded windows, furniture in yards, falling fenced, abandon vehicles, vehicles parked across front yards, etc shouldn't be. Their needs to be more pride with the apperance of our community no matter how old the community is or the culture. There needs to be a standard. I want to be proud of our city. Cleanliness shouldn't be in the even in the conversation not matter what end of the city you live in. There needs to be a standard for all. Where is code enforcement!!! What are the projected dollars for beautification projects. What are the expectations for Code Enforcement and the dollars for Code Enforcement department ???

    Beautiful Co..….Beautiful Lakewood? asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and for including that money for the code enforcement team is important to you.

  • Is there a specific list of improvements with estimated costs or is the ballot just a general elimination of Tabor for Lakewood administration to use funds as they want, which is not what the taxpayers want. We need a proposed list of actions or improvements not blanket approval approach. That is why Tabor was approved across the state.

    John Bradish asked 3 months ago

    The City Council is still discussing potential improvements if voters approved lifting the TABOR limits. Please visit the "document library" on this project site and click on the "What could lifting TABOR limits pay for? (52.1 KB) (pdf) to see a list of ideas. Please also take the survey to tell us what you think the funds should go toward if voters were to approve lifting the TABOR limits.

  • What can Lakewood do to control/manage growth so it continues to retain the qualities that make the city a good place to live?

    michaelrees2 asked 3 months ago

    City Council is currently discussing that issue. Please visit the Lakewood Development Dialogue on this same website to learn more and participate in the discussion.

  • We elect our government officials to make decisions in the interest of their constituents. In Colorado, we have a crazy system of asking ordinary, mortal, citizens to make.decisions based on emotional, rhetorical, propaganda sold to is by the right wing capitalists. TABOR was one such sham. The sooner it is repealed, the better.

    Bob Marley asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Would it be possible to have weekend markets at Belmar just like other town have?

    AEM asked 3 months ago

    Belmar hosted a weekend market for several years, and it would be up to the company that owns and operates this downtown district to start such a market again. Belmar does host free music on the plaza throughout the summer on Fridays as well as art walks on the first Friday of the month.

  • Is this site no longer being maintained.... does not seem current thanks

    Nate asked 3 months ago

    We apologize for our delayed answers to these questions. They were not showing up to us so that we could respond, but we think we have that problem corrected.

  • Hello. I would like to propose a new property taxation idea—that a home of residency have a much lesser tax than a rental property and that homes owned for less than two years also be taxed at a higher rate. I believe this would help slow down the inflation rate so that families can afford housing. Investors are making it impossible for that to happen. Also, I’ve noticed that many people who have moved to Lakewood are not registering their vehicles. Some of them have been here for many years and continue to register in their prior (less expensive) state. I would like them to contribute to the improvement of our roads. I wonder if police could issue them a courtesy notice that says if they’ll be here for more than 30 days, they may be required to register and should look into it. That way we can track them and ticket them if they stay past 30 days. If they meet an exception they can present the evidence for that. I welcome new residents in CO. But we all need to be contributing to the City’s improvement. Thanks for listening. Terri Cedillo

    Terri Cedillo asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • I watched Larry Dorr's video about TABOR; it was concise and to the point, and exemplified why TABOR was put into place: according to Larry, there is over $12 million that should come back to Lakewood residents who own their home. Offering more services doesn't draw people to a community; people are drawn to a city that runs a tight budget, expands its reserves, and gives back taxpayers their money when it hits its spending limit. Here's my question: Why is Lakewood focusing on using this money, instead of focusing on enhancing relationships with the residents who provided the revenue to begin with by returning the funds? I ask this question because the article in Looking @ Lakewood as well as Larry's video seem nuanced towards spending the money on services; I believe you should instead speak loud and clear about how proud you are that you ran such a tight operation and are now in a position to return money to the tax-payers. I love Lakewood!

    cscott asked 3 months ago

    Lakewood has refunded TABOR money numerous times over the past several years, and City Council is discussing this now because the council is interested in residents' input on whether they should be asked to make this decision. Under TABOR, residents can vote on refunding or allowing the city to keep the money.

  • I would like the refund money please. You don't have to respond. Thank you.

    catherine67 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.