$937M BOND PACK­AGE SPLIT INTO SEVEN QUES­TIONS

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Jon Mur­ray, The Den­ver Post

Den­ver vot­ers would have the abil­ity to say “yay” or “nay” to seven bal­lot ques­tions if the City Coun­cil ap­proves a $937 mil­lion bond pack­age for the Novem­ber elec­tion.

The coun­cil on Mon­day af­ter­noon ad­vanced that setup to the floor for con­sid­er­a­tion in mid-Au­gust. But not all of its mem­bers are sold on the project list, with sev­eral pre­par­ing po­ten­tial amend­ments that could add projects in their dis­tricts, in­crease the amount for side­walk projects or ex­pand the scope of a $38 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion of the Cen­tral Li­brary.

Time is run­ning out for changes to the list, which has been shaped for sev­eral months by com­mu­nity com­mit­tees and Mayor Michael Han­cock’s of­fice.

The mayor’s ad­min­is­tra­tion also is push­ing back against at­tempts to in­crease the project list much be­yond its cur­rent tab, be­cause the $937 mil­lion to­tal could be re­paid us­ing an extension of a tax rate ap­proved by vot­ers in 2007 for the pre­vi­ous bond pack­age.

For the first time Mon­day, the bond pack­age was re­grouped into the seven cat­e­gories that vot­ers would be able to ac­cept or re­ject on the Nov. 7 bal­lot:

• $431 mil­lion for trans­porta­tion and mo­bil­ity projects, in­clud­ing road and bridge re­pairs and repaving, new bike lanes and pedes­trian projects.

• $151.6 mil­lion for parks and recre­ation projects.

• $116.9 mil­lion for cul­tural fa­cil­ity projects, in­clud­ing at the Den­ver Zoo, the Den­ver Botanic Gar­dens, the Den­ver Mu­seum of Na­ture & Sci­ence and the Den­ver Art Mu­seum.

• $77 mil­lion for public­safety-re­lated projects, in­clud­ing for po­lice and fire sta­tions.

• $75 mil­lion to cover about half of the cost of the Den­ver Health and Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity’s planned out­pa­tient Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­ter.

• $69.3 mil­lion for li­brary ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing at sev­eral branches.

• $16.5 mil­lion for public fa­cil­i­ties.

The coun­cil plans to have an hour-long public hear­ing at its meet­ing Aug. 7, when the bond pack­age is in­tro­duced, and hold fi­nal votes Aug. 14 to send the ques­tions to the bal­lot.

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