“We want them to start taking into consideration the impact that the property taxes have on the people who are paying them, especially long time residents who can’t necessarily afford these increases.” –Leora Frankel, Boulder resident.
Some residents in Boulder County, particularly within the city of Boulder are concerned about rising property taxes in the past year. Molly Greacen who has lived in the Melody-Catalpa neighborhood in North Boulder for 22 years has seen a dramatic rise in her taxes in the last 12 months.
Molly Greacen and Leora Frankel discuss the impact of rising property taxes on their neighborhood.
Several Boulder County homeowners urged the Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday to hold the line on — or even possibly reduce — the property taxes they and their neighbors will be charged to help cover proposed spending in the county’s 2017 budget.
“The burden on us is unreasonable,” said Leora Frankel, who lives on Conifer Court in Boulder.
Frankel and a number of the other nine people who spoke at the commissioners’ hearing on the still-being-crafted county spending package for 2017, said their property tax bills jumped after last year’s latest round of countywide property-value reassessments.
Kudos to Jan Burton (and the Daily Camera) for the sanctimonious infomercial on increased density and tiny houses in “Changing world requires fresh look at housing options.” Councilwoman Burton’s message might be a bit easier to digest, however, if she didn’t own a tiny houses company that just so happens to provide the “creative solutions” to Boulder’s “housing crisis.”
The charges brought against Sterling University Peaks apartments by the city of Boulder of violating its building codes by doubling occupancy levels and creating safety concerns are exactly what the city of Boulder is now encouraging through the introduction of co-ops into low-density neighborhoods.Here is a golden opportunity for Sterling University Peaks to sell some of those swinging bookcases to homeowners so that they can accommodate an additional six to eight people living in their homes! Easily relocated or removed for more or fewer inhabitants, the swinging bookcase idea for creating privacy is brilliant!
Is Boulder polluting the world or is the world polluting Boulder?
After researching the Jan Burton opinion that Boulder has an F in air quality (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options,” Daily Camera, Oct. 16), it appears to be a selective opinion on interpreting the federal guideline on ozone that the EPA has arbitrarily raised recently. I found that Boulder’s higher readings on particulates the last two years are the result of the fires on the west coast. And that our higher ozone readings are the result of local colder, wetter weather caused by world climate change and pollution reaching us from as far as China. Continue reading “Sara Mitton: Jan Burton gets it wrong.”
Boulder homeowners, you’re getting the bum’s rush and being thrown out of due process on rezoning. City Council is the bum rusher, pushing a co-op ordinance that’s a major de facto up-zoning without calling it a zoning change. Under the guise of compassion, they’re siding with pro co-op blamers who call you a NIMBY if you object. They’re enabling self-described YIMBYs and developers who preach “yes” to degrading your invaluable quiet and privacy and parading their self-righteousness about it.
In February, staff writer John Fryar reported that Boulder County homeowners were experiencing “sticker shock” upon receiving their annual property tax notices. In a separate article, he pointed out that no one had testified at the Boulder County budget hearing the previous fall to reduce the mill levy or property-tax collections.
Now is the time to act if you want to protest the county’s proposed 5.5 percent budget increase for 2017. This increase is the maximum allowed by state law. A public hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder.