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The Town of Frederick Board of Trustees is considering returning to the ballot this fall with a funding proposal to increase police department resources, and is currently seeking the community’s feedback and recommendations. Public meetings will be held at Town Hall (401 Locust St.) at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday May 18, 10 a.m.
Wednesday May 29, 6 p.m.
“Protecting the safety and security of our residents is one of our absolute highest priorities,” said Frederick Mayor Tony Carey. “That is why we placed a sales tax measure on last fall’s ballot. The ballot measure did not pass. In fact, it lost by about five percentage points. And as mayor I take full responsibility for that defeat. The Town did not do enough to involve taxpayers in the planning process, so we’re changing that.”
The town recently assembled a 40-member Citizen Task Force comprised of local business and civic leaders to help evaluate our community’s public safety needs and possible funding solutions. After much discussion, the Task Force unanimously agreed that public input should be gathered on a 1-cent sales and use tax proposal (10 cents on a $10 purchase) to add police officers and address other critical public safety needs.
The Task Force preferred a sales tax over a property tax, especially given that Frederick’s sales tax is currently below that of Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Fort Lupton and Longmont.
Over the next few months, the town will be hosting community information meetings and conducting a public opinion survey that will be mailed to Frederick residents and businesses.
“No decisions will be made until we hear from our neighbors. Our community has the final say when it comes to the level of public safety provided to them,” said Mayor Carey. “I hope to see everyone at these meetings to learn more about our public safety needs and proposed solutions.”
You can read the letter that was sent to resident and businesses in Frederick below.