Plenty to ponder in November | AspenTimes.com

Plenty to ponder in November

Sarah S. Chung

Aside from transportation issues, city voters will be given the chance to give their thoughts on a myriad of subjects ranging from open space to housing to utilities in the Smuggler area.

Four options will be presented to voters regarding Bass Park. The park could stay as it is; it could become half park/half housing, all housing, or it could be sold on the free market.

Another question for open-space advocates will be an opportunity to amend the city code to stipulate that any open-space property sold must be replaced with “real property of equivalent, or greater monetary, environmental and aesthetic value.”

On the housing front, voters will be asked if a 37-acre portion of the Burlingame Ranch can be sold to recover funds for the Affordable Housing/Day-care fund.

Voters will also be asked for permission to spend excess taxes collected on pedestrian walkways throughout the city. The other alternative would be to return the approximately $158,275 to taxpayers.

And a final ballot question will gauge support for the creation of an improvement district in the Smuggler residential area. If this question is approved citywide and also gets the support of 79 percent of the affected property owners, the improvement district would put all of the area’s electrical and telecommunications service lines underground.

All the above questions were approved unanimously by City Council Monday night.


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