Voters support South Suburban on Ballot Issue 7A

Nov 06 2019

Based upon preliminary election results, voters have approved South Suburban Park and Recreation District’s (SSPRD) Ballot Issue 7A. The measure passed 26,172 (51.41%) votes for, compared to 24,734 (48.59%) votes against. SSPRD thanks residents for their ongoing support of its parks and recreation system.

“I am extremely grateful to our residents for their confidence in South Suburban”, said SSPRD Executive Director Rob Hanna. “We will continue to operate the District in a fiscally responsible manner, while providing top-notch recreational services, along with preservation of parkland and natural open spaces and continued improvements and ongoing maintenance of facilities, parks and trails.”

For statewide election results, visit https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/97143/web/#/summary

The passage of Ballot Issue 7A ensures that SSPRD will maintain a sustainable level of funding to continue providing critical core services. The passage of 7A also ensures that revenues do not decrease in the future, due to the residential assessment rate decrease.

The passage of Ballot Issue 7A allows SSPRD to adjust its mill levy rate up or down beginning in 2021, if needed, to offset revenue losses due to state-mandated changes in the residential assessment rate due to the Gallagher Amendment. State-mandated adjustments in the residential assessment rate have reduced the available revenue used to maintain services and facilities provided by the District.

SSPRD provides and manages parks, trails, open space and recreation facilities and programs for nearly 157,000 residents living in Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, Columbine Valley, Bow Mar, western Centennial and portions of unincorporated Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe counties.