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Summit County Government

Posted on: November 1, 2019

Open Space Council Approves Resolution in Support of Measure 1B

An open space property with fall foliage in the foreground and mountains in the background.

Ballot Measure 1B would continue the existing mill levy for open space and trails

Contact: Julie Sutor, Director of Communications, 970-453-3498

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Open Space Advisory Council unanimously approved a resolution to encourage voter support of Measure 1B, which would continue existing funding for open space preservation, trail construction and maintenance, natural resource protection and other public programs.

"Since 1993, through the voter-supported open space mill levy, Summit County has been a Colorado leader in its protection of natural vistas; rivers and wetlands; and trail access, construction and maintenance," Open Space Advisory Council Chair Turk Montepare said. "The mill levy funding has been essential in our ability to undertake substantial conservation projects on our own and in collaboration with partners like the Town of Breckenridge, GOCO and the U.S. Forest Service. We urge Summit County voters to continue this support and vote yes for 1B on Election Day. Let’s continue to preserve and enhance the best county in Colorado!"

Measure 1B would continue an existing mill levy that funds open space preservation, trail construction and maintenance, natural resource protection, workforce housing, wildfire mitigation and other public programs and services. The existing mill levy received voter approval at the polls in 2008; it expires in 2022. The proposed extension, if approved by voters on Nov. 5, would continue to provide funding for these programs into the future through the existing 3.062 mill property tax.

Summit County voters first approved open space funding in 1993. The County has used the funds to protect more than 17,300 acres of open space through land acquisitions, conservation easement donations, access easements and partnerships with other agencies. Since 1995, Summit County has completed more than 300 property acquisitions and worked with more than 200 landowners to preserve their properties as a legacy for future generations.

Over the life of the open space program, each tax dollar spent to purchase open space has protected more than $3 in property value, because local funds have been used to leverage contributions from property owners, partner organizations, the State of Colorado and other sources.

Together with its partners, Summit County manages more than 100 trailheads and local trail portals for convenient access to outdoor recreation. The County has about 85 miles of natural-surface trails within its jurisdiction, many of which provide connections to trail networks in the towns and on U.S. Forest Service land. Summit County has constructed and maintains more than 38 miles of Recpath, part of the community's 55-mile paved pathway system.


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