Survey Finds Wheat Ridge Voters Support Extending the .5 Cent Sales Tax to Fund Capital Improvement Projects
Wheat Ridge City Council would like to thank residents who participated in a survey exploring the possibility of extending the existing .5 cent sales tax to fund additional capital improvement projects.
On April 3, city council reviewed the survey results and discussed next steps. In short, the survey found residents overwhelmingly support extending the .5 cent sales tax, with 68% stating they would vote in favor. Of those voters 76% said they would vote in favor if street and sidewalk improvements were the focus of the funding. Drainage and floodplain infrastructure ranked second the list of voter priorities, and an expansion to the Parks and Recreation facility ranked last.
Overall, voters supported extending the .5 cent sales tax for 20 years, with a cap of $75 million raised.
“The survey also found that the majority of residents believe the city is heading in the right direction and feel confident that we’re spending taxpayer dollars wisely. That information is encouraging to learn as we explore ways to fund capital improvement projects residents have asked us to address,” said City Manager Patrick Goff.
Now, the city is asking voters to complete a second round of the survey that tests ballot language and gets more specific on projects.
The city is asking voters to take the survey before July 7.
A full review of the previous survey results and more information can be found at What's Up Wheat Ridge.
About the City of Wheat Ridge
The City of Wheat Ridge offers a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods with easy access to the Denver metropolitan area. The community of nine square miles is located immediately west of Denver with a population of 33,000 residents. This home rule city was incorporated in 1969, however, its rich heritage extends back to the 1800s.