$937M BOND PACKAGE SPLIT INTO SEVEN QUESTIONS
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.