Vote YES for ELID
The Evergreen Local Improvement District (ELID) is designed to preserve our mountain culture and community from infrastructure over-use and under-repair. As a grassroots initiative working with the County to develop a list of improvement projects, we will be able to address the infrastructure challenges we find most pressing. And the County would have a dedicated funding pool (from a subsequent, non-permanent 1% sales tax, if approved) and specific improvement projects to implement.
The formation of ELID is being facilitated by an all-volunteer advisory board comprised of local residents and business owners who, in a variety of ways, are consolidating input from the community on the projects that we most value. Many of the projects, for example, would derive from the Evergreen Trails Master Plan developed in 2015 by Greater DEED with extensive community input regarding safety and connectivity.
- ELID is NOT a property tax
- ELID is NOT a plan for growth and development
- ELID is NOT a new layer of government nor defined as a Special District
- ELID is NOT permanent and tax will sunset in 15 years
The passing of a 1% sales tax would generate critical funds to pay for the specific projects identified when the ELID is created. It is worth noting that some businesses in Evergreen already collect a 1% voluntary contribution through the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF). With the money collected by ELF projects such as the Evergreen Lake connector trail and the development of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan were made possible.
The proposed 1% sales tax would be collected by businesses within the ELID boundaries, allowing for the specific projects to be constructed. By adding just a 1% sales tax, Evergreen would still have the lowest tax rate compared to our neighboring towns such as Denver, Golden, Morrison, Idaho Springs, and Estes Park.
Items that are currently exempt from current sales tax would also be exempt from the 1% ELID sales tax. Common exempt items include: services, groceries, prescription drugs, and gasoline.
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