Aurora eyeing city and county status

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora is weighing the benefits of becoming a city and county, which would make it Colorado's 65th county.

Supporters of a city-county movement say it would consolidate services, eliminate duplication and give Aurora more flexibility over its future.

Opponents point to the costs of having to build a new jail, courts, social services and other facilities that a city-county needs. It could also mean higher taxes to fund those projects.

According to the Denver Post, most of Aurora's 340,000 residents live in Arapahoe County, but 12 percent live in Adams County and a small number live in Douglas County.