Road Improvement Funding Survey - Your Input is Needed!

Paying for well-maintained roads is an issue for cities across the U.S. and Federal Heights, Colorado is no exception. The city faces a recurring annual shortfall of $250,000 to adequately fund local road projects. Many residents have started to complain about the state of our roads. Additional funding would allow the city to more quickly improve and maintain the city roads. The Mayor and City Council are beginning to explore options for additional funding and we’d like your input!

* 1. Option 1: Increase sales tax.

Sales tax is paid by everyone who buys tangible items in the city limits. To increase sales tax, residents would be asked to vote in an election. The current Federal Heights sales tax is 4%. To generate another $250,000 annually, sales tax would need to increase by .20% or 0.2 cents.

Example:
$20 purchase
Current City Sales Tax (4%): 80¢
Proposed City Sales Tax (4.2%): 84 ¢

Would you support a sales tax increase of .20% ?

* 2. Option 2: Increase property tax.

Property tax is paid by everyone who owns property in the city limits. To increase property tax, residents would be asked to vote in an election. The current Federal Heights property tax is .68 mills. To generate another $250,000 annually, the mill levy would have to increase to over 6 mills.

Example: $100,000 Home
Current City Property Tax (.68 mills): $5/year
Proposed City Property Tax (6 mills): $48/year

Would you support a property tax increase of 6 mills ?

* 3. Option 3: Pay a road improvement fee.

A Road Improvement fee can be imposed without a vote. To generate $250,000 annually, the city would add a monthly fee to your water and sewer bill.

Examples:
Homeowners: $2/month
Mobile Homes and Apartments: $1.30/month
Commercial $1.33 per 1,000 sq. ft. of property/month

Would you support paying a monthly road improvement fee?

* 4. Residents: Do you own or rent your home?

* 5. Is your property a:

* 6. Are you willing to serve on a committee to further explore the current state of our roads, funding and what can be done?

7. If you answered yes to the previous question and are willing to serve on a committee to further explore the current state of our roads, funding, and what can be done, please provide your name and phone number.

8. Additional comments. Also, if you are not supportive of a tax increase or fee to support infrastructure improvements, please explain why and any ideas you may have to address the issue, including which city services should be reduced.

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