Excise tax, charter changes proposed on Parker ballot

Posted 10/15/19

Election Day is Nov. 5, and although there are no public offices up for election, Parker electors will vote on nine referenda regarding changes to the town charter and one question to approve an …

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Excise tax, charter changes proposed on Parker ballot

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Election Day is Nov. 5, and although there are no public offices up for election, Parker electors will vote on nine referenda regarding changes to the town charter and one question to approve an amended excise tax in the town, which would significantly raise the tax rate developers must pay on new residential development in the town.

Here is a summary of the Parker ballot questions:

Measure 2A: Should the town increase the residential development excise tax in order to help pay for new development and should the excise tax proceeds be increased annually consistent with the Construction Cost Index?

This measure was officially supported by Town Council Sept. 16.

The excise tax referendum was placed on the ballot following a settlement agreement between the town's authority for reinvestment and South Metro Fire Rescue. The increase in the excise tax is designed to make developers pay for new services that come with growth, such as roads, law enforcement, parks and recreation and administrative facilities for the town.

Measure 2B: Without increasing taxes, shall the Town of Parker be authorized to provide high-speed internet (advanced series), telecommunications services, and/or cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector?

Measure 2C: Shall the terms of office for all town councilmembers and the mayor be changed to four years; council elections be staggered so three councilmembers are elected every two years; mayor and councilmembers be limited to four four-year terms in his or her lifetime; any councilmember or mayor appointed or elected with more than half the term remaining shall be considered to have served on four-year term?

Measure 2D: Should the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Parker be amended by striking the line in the municipal code that says “All plats of proposed subdivisions shall be submitted to (planning commission) for recommendations and approval before being presented to council"?

Measures 2E-2I

There are five ballot questions asking voters to approve changes to the Town Charter to give the town administrator roles and responsibilities that are currently given to the mayor. Town officials have stated this is an attempt to make the charter consistent with the town's style of governing, which is a council-manager form of government, meaning a town administrator runs the town's administrative operations.

Measure 2J

Shall the title of Town Administrator be changed to Town Manager?

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