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LITTLETON» Littleton will ask vot­ers in the Novem­ber elec­tion if it can keep nearly $2 mil­lion in ex­cess tax rev­enue to pay for pave­ment im­prove­ments and road-safety up­grades.

The city says for the 2016 fis­cal year, Littleton’s tax rev­enues ex­ceeded its Tax­payer’s Bill of Rights limit by $1,937,904. The ex­cess must be re­funded in the next fis­cal year un­less vot­ers say the city can keep the money.

Littleton’s City Coun­cil wants to spend the money on projects and is ask­ing vot­ers to ap­prove two ques­tions so it can.

The first ques­tion asks vot­ers to al­low the city to re­tain $1,392,904 in ex­cess money for pave­ment im­prove­ments on res­i­den­tial streets and $545,000 for in­ter­sec­tion safety up­grades at Bowles Av­enue and Fed­eral Boule­vard

“The sec­ond ques­tion con­cerns ad­just­ing the base used for cal­cu­lat­ing the TA­BOR limit,” the city said in a news re­lease. “If vot­ers ap­prove the ques­tion, the rev­enue base will be up­dated to the 2016 level.”

Horse owner found not guilty.

A Fre­mont County jury de­lib­er­ated for an hour Fri­day be­fore find­ing Penny Gin­gerich not guilty of 39 counts of an­i­mal cru­elty.

Gin­gerich, 42, burst into tears. Fam­ily and friends let out au­di­ble sighs of re­lief.

Gin­gerich orig­i­nally was charged with 64 counts of an­i­mal cru­elty af­ter the Fre­mont County Sher­iff’s Of­fice seized horses from her prop­erty Jan. 20. That was later amended to 39 counts.

Gin­gerich’s horses were seized af­ter the sher­iff’s of­fice re­ceived re­ports that she wasn’t pro­vid­ing them with food and wa­ter.

But Gin­gerich’s at­tor­ney James Cook ar­gued she treated her horses the way a rea­son­able per­son would.

7 high-end bikes worth $62K stolen.

Bur­glars in Car­bon­dale made off with seven high­end bi­cy­cles worth $62,000 in a theft last week, po­lice said Thurs­day.

On Satur­day morn­ing the shop man­ager at Basalt Bike and Ski on Colorado 133 dis­cov­ered the thefts, in­di­cat­ing the bur­glary must have oc­curred the pre­vi­ous night.

The store’s door ap­peared to have been pried open.

Car­bon­dale po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent call 970-963-2662.

Same group sus­pected in two gun rob­beries.

COUNTY» De­tec­tives ARAPAHOE be­lieve the same group of five masked, hooded and gloved bur­glars busted through the en­trances of two Arapahoe County pawn shops within 25 min­utes early Fri­day morn­ing and stole var­i­ous items in­clud­ing guns, of­fi­cials say.

“It’s fairly fresh so we are work­ing it hard,” said Julie Brooks, spokes­woman for the Arapahoe County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties say the same white, crew-cab Ford pickup truck with a white tool box and white fuel-trans­fer tank was used in both bur­glar­ies. Both thefts were cap­tured on store surveil­lance video.

Although th­ese bur­glars did not crash into the en­trances with stolen SUVs, the bur­glar­ies fit a type of so-called smash-and-grab bur­glar­ies that have been hap­pen­ing with in­creas­ing fre­quency across the metro area the past year.

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