Denver voters to decide on 7 measures in $937 million GO bond package

DENVER – The Denver City Council on Monday signed off on $937 million in general obligation bond measures that will go before voters in November.

The finalized list includes a total 460 projects, the bulk of which are related to transportation and mobility, such as road construction and maintenance, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Rather than refer the list to voters in a single, massive bond measure, the city has decided to split it into seven separate ballot questions. Come November, voters will decide on the following individual ballot measures:

  • $431 for transportation and mobility projects
  • $116.9 million for city-owned cultural facility improvements
  • $75 million for a new outpatient center at Denver Health Medical Center
  • $77 million for safety facility projects
  • $69.3 million for Denver Public Library improvements
  • $151.6 million for parks and recreation
  • $16.5 million for city-owned facility improvements

Beyond the Denver Health and Denver Public Library projects, some of the largest proposals on the list include $101 million for deferred road maintenance – repaving, curb and gutter repair, bridge rehabilitation, etc. -- $55 million for a bus rapid transit system along Colfax Avenue, $37.5 million for a recreation center in Westwood and $35.5 million to renovate the North Building at the Denver Art Museum.

The GO bond project list was the result of more than 4,000 suggestions from the public, which went before dozens of stakeholder committees before landing on the desk of Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council.

“I want to thank City Council for their partnership throughout this entire process, as well as the stakeholder committees, city staff and Denver residents who proposed ideas for investment,” Hancock said. “This truly is the people’s bond package, and we created it together.”

The city says the projects will all be paid for through the issuance of bonds, which will not increase property taxes for Denver homeowners.

Voters will decide on the measures on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

For more information on the individual projects, head over to denvergov.org/2017GObond.

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