Town of Bow Mar considers annexing Southwest Plaza Mall; residents voice concerns in heated meeting

BOW MAR, Colo. - The tiny town of Bow Mar is considering annexing the struggling Southwest Plaza Mall. But in a heated and packed town hall meeting Monday night, the majority of people were opposed to the idea.

"Why would you want to drag us into this?" asked one angry Bow Mar resident.

The exclusive community is less than one square mile in size with less than 1,000 people, but the owners of Southwest Plaza approached Bow Mar to annex the mall so that it could start charging sales tax as part of a massive improvement and renovation plan.

The mall is currently in unincorporated Jefferson County, which cannot charge sales tax.

The tax would be split between Bow Mar and the mall's owners, General Growth Properties, according to Bow Mar Mayor Rick Pilgrim.

Pilgrim said the money would be used for infrastructure improvements, hiring a town manager and dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer.

Bow Mar does not have a sales tax system set up, yet, and would have to hold an election in November to approve it in order for the annexation to go through.

Currently, property taxes are the main source of income for the town.

"We are in this community because it is private," said Resident Sally Williams. "Why would we want a shopping mall? It's ludicrous."

The mall is holding an open house to discuss plans for renovations and improvements from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.

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