By Max R. Weller
Read the pointed editorial in the Times-Call (of course, nothing like it will appear in the Daily Camera): Public should help county prioritize for paving money.
Online comments by “donwrege” are copied below in their entirety:
County continues its campaign of misinformation
In Sunday’s Daily Camera and yesterday’s public meeting, the County Commissioners continue to refuse to tell us the truth about why they defy the will of their constituents and that of the Court by refusing to fix our roads.
The Commissioners went so far as to write:
“While we respect the judgment of the court, we are disappointed with the ruling, as it removes an important tool (the LID) from the tool kit” (REF: Guest Editorial, Boulder Daily Camera, “Roads, funds and road reconstruction” Domencio, Gardner and Jones, August, 17, 2014)
This is analogous to a burglar complaining that the police removed a lock pick from his tool kit. It shouldn’t be that difficult to understand. Using a LID for road maintenance is illegal.
How long do they expect us to put us with this behavior?
What’s the truth? Do we have the funds or not?
On July 16, 2014, the County stated that “the Board of County Commissioners has already approved the budget for 2014 work and plans will move forward this year, independent of the legal outcome.” The next day the Commissioners approved a $4.4M contract with Asphalt Specialties for the repair of subdivision roads. By law the Commissioners cannot approve a contract without sufficient funds in the bank to cover the cost of the contract. Then the day after the Court ruled the LID illegal the Commissioners canceled the contract to fix our streets and told us “By necessity of this decision, the subdivision repaving plan for 2014 that was detailed in an email last Friday will no longer move forward as a result of the court’s ruling.”
So what is the truth? We know the County had sufficient funds on July 17th. Then the funds “disappeared” a few days later. Did the funds “disappear” to punish subdivision residents because the County lost the lawsuit?
The “County doesn’t have any more money”
Immediately after the Court shot down the LID the Commissioners rolled out their tired old argument that “the county doesn’t have any more money to put towards the repaving of subdivision roads”. Really?
Does anyone believe that Boulder County can’t find 1.2% out of a budget of $366,760, 981 to honor their commitment to fix our roads. And if the County can pay for the projects listed below, why can’t they pay for fixing our roads?
Plenty of money for projects despite the flood recovery
The Underpass From Nowhere to Nowhere – Earlier this year the Commissioners spent over $3,300,000 from the Boulder County Transportation Sales Tax revenue to build a pedestrian/bike underpass at Airport Road and the Diagonal.
The Gilpin County Easement – This spring the County gave $1,500,000 of your money to a wealthy family so that they could continue to own their mountain paradise that lies almost completely outside Boulder County. What did we get in return? Access to trails? No. The ability to use the land? No. Just simply the ability to stand outside their property and gaze at how wonderful it must be to actually use the land.
Let them eat bikes – And while Commissioners want us to believe that we simply don’t have the money to fix our roads, someone ought to tell the Transportation Department. Because the Transportation Department has under construction or are planning in the coming years the following “transportation” projects.
Bike path shoulders – State Hwy 93, Marshall Road to SH 128
Longmont to Boulder (LOBO) Trail addition- IBM Connector
US 36 (Boulder/Denver Turnpike) Bikeway – Louisville to Boulder
Another Bike/Pedestrian Underpass on the Longmont Diagonal; this one at Hoover Road
An extension of the St. Vrain Greenway Trail from Golden Ponds to Pella
Bike path shoulders – East Boulder County Line Road
Bike path shoulders – 71st Street, Hwy 52 to Lookout Road
Bike path shoulders – 79th Street, Hwy 52 to Lookout Road
Bike path shoulders – Arapahoe Road 119th to E. County Line
Bike path shoulders – S 120th Street, Lafayette to Dillon Rd
Bike path shoulders – Hygiene Road
Bike path shoulders – Isabelle Road, 75th to 119th
Bike path shoulders – Hwy 170 (Eldoroado Springs Road)
So the question remains. Why won’t the Commissioners fix our roads?
In the past months, BoCo FIRM has been able to document that all the County’s excuses of why they can’t fix subdivision roads, “it isn’t fair to city residents”, “the flood ate our reserves”, “the County is too poor to fix all the roads”, “it will cost $70,000,000 to fix the roads”, are not supported by the facts.
What we do know is that if we had been willing to be good “subjects” and pay our PID or LID tax, the Commissioners would fix our roads. And since we didn’t obey their command we will not have our roads fixed.
Both Boulder County citizens and the Court have made it abundantly clear. It is time that the Commissioners comply with state statutes. It is time to stop this nonsense and simply fix our roads.
The issue isn’t the absence of a plan.
The issue isn’t that the County doesn’t have the funds to fix the roads.
The issue is that these Commissioners have made and continue to make a choice that they will not fix our roads without extracting more tax revenue from the residents.
The bottom line for BoCo FIRM is that we will continue to work on your behalf until our roads are fixed without new taxes.
The Plan to fix our roads
The Commissioners continue to state that they need a “new” plan to fix the subdivision roads. In actuality, the plan to fix our roads is straightforward. We submitted it to the Commissioners over three weeks ago. It is available by clicking on the following link BoCo FIRM Plan to fix our roads and at our web site www.BoCoFIRM.org . This is the plan.
1. Convert the citizen Subdivision LID Paving Advisory Group to a citizen Paving Advisory Group.
2. Finalize accurate and reliable costs to fix all subdivision roads using the same procedure used for the current plan to fix “community use” subdivision roads.
3. When the Commissioners set the budget for 2015 and subsequent years, allocate the necessary mil levy to the Road and Bridge Fund for the maintenance of all County roads.
Donate to BoCo FIRM
BoCo FIRM continues to use every tool in our tool kit, including legal recourse, to complete our goal of getting our roads fixed without new taxes. If you would like to help our efforts, donate to BoCo FIRM by clicking on the following link Donate to BoCo FIRM or visit our website www.BoCoFIRM.org .
As always thank you for your support of our efforts.
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That’s all for now, folks. Back on Monday . . .