FAQs

The following is a categorized set of FAQs divided into the following categories:

the VISION

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.

Vision FAQs

Right now, Evergreen has multiple agencies and special districts serving our community in most of the areas a town government would otherwise manage: emergency response, public schools, parks and recreation, water and sewer, public art, and public transportation. But there is no single agency looking out for our infrastructure. The ELID would identify specific infrastructure projects and use the sales tax revenue to build and maintain them.

For more information about the ins and outs of Evergreen incorporation, we recommend reviewing an excellent article by Linda Kirkpatrick on the subject here.

In short, the ELID is designed to identify specific infrastructure projects and use the sales tax revenue to build and maintain them, not to change our culture. ELID represents the opposite of dilapidation: it is aimed to preserve the safety of our residents and visitors. It is an effort spear-headed by volunteer locals who are working tirelessly to create the ELID with enormous amounts of community input. We will be requesting that the County create the ELID to provide these resources to Evergreen that would not otherwise be possible.

 

No. There is only one Evergreen and our desire is to preserve it, not replace it. Our aim is simply to enhance our infrastructure so it lives up to the exceptional quality of life that brought us all here.

Because right now our unique mountain character is at risk from over-use and under-repair, especially in our highest use areas. If we don’t do something now, we run the risk of not generating adequate funds to address the scale of infrastructure projects that require attention.

ELID’s duration is being developed in the District’s formation process. Its sunsetting would be based on the completion timelines of the proposed improvement projects. Once the initial ELID timeline passes, if a small sales tax has been created, the community would be able to re-visit the tax and decide on its future.

Yes. For the last 30 years there has been a successful LID in southeast Jefferson County. Although we are not comparing ourselves as a community, we are using them as a precedent from a legal, operational, and administration standpoint. The way they have functioned is a starting point for guiding the design of our ELID so that it meets our unique needs with total transparency and residents feel free to voice their opinions on the future of the community they cherish.

the MONEY

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 one of the lowest tax rates compared to other Colorado towns such as Denver, Golden, Morrison, Idaho Springs, and Estes Park.

How would our taxes compare to other Colorado towns?

COMPARATIVE
PROJECTED
TAX RATES
EVERGREEN
5.5%
Golden
7.5%
Denver
7.65%
Idaho Springs
7.9%
Morrison
8.25%
Estes Park
8.55%

Once implemented, the tax would be collected for the duration of the ELID. Jefferson County estimates it may generate approximately $980,000 a year.

For every $100 you spend on items subject to sales tax in the district, $1 would be collected for the ELID.

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.

All non-exempt items would be subject to the ELID sales tax, including most delivered goods (ex: appliances) because ownership takes place at the location of delivery/installation.

When purchasing a vehicle at a dealership, the customer has the option of paying sales tax at the rate of either the dealer’s address or the resident’s address. As of this writing, there is a $525 cap on the sales tax charged on vehicles regardless of tax jurisdiction. A resident in the ELID boundaries would have to decide which tax rate is preferable.

No. Because the residents within the boundary would vote on the sales tax question. The specific projects are listed when the County creates the ELID.

No. The funds would be held in a specific account for the ELID and can only be spent on ELID projects and cannot be used for other county obligations–even within the district.

Ongoing maintenance would be an expense covered by the ELID tax funds. However, projects that are part of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between multiple government entities and the ELID would have a maintenance plan in place during the onset of the project.

the TIMELINE

In July of 2017, Greater DEED began the process to form the Evergreen Local Improvement District (ELID). In doing so, they proposed the boundaries of the ELID, which mimic the combined Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. Greater DEED prepared a draft petition to present to the County Commissioners. A vote by property owners is not needed to form the ELID. However, a vote for the 1% sales tax is required. Greater DEED will continue working with the county to develop a timeline and will ask the Commissioners to consider the creation of the ELID.

Passing the 1% sales tax would provide ELID with the financial stream needed to improve Evergreen’s infrastructure and amenities.

Timeline FAQs

The process began in July of 2017 and–as of this writing–the initial draft proposal has been reviewed by Jefferson County staff. The proposal is being refined based on their feedback to ensure the needs of both the County and our community are met. There are a number of incremental steps in this process, expected to take months to complete.

After the approval and formation of the ELID, a vote for the 1% sales tax would follow A timeline is being developed.

A timeline is being developed.

the AREA

Area FAQs

The boundaries of the ELID envelop most County-approved Activity Centers highlighted in the Evergreen Area Community Plan. These Centers are the areas with the highest use and, therefore, infrastructure needs. These areas generally fall within the Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. Their combined areas were used to draw the ELID’s boundaries.

The Activity Centers included in the ELID (as highlighted in the Evergreen Area Community Plan) focus on the highest use areas.

Additionally, Conifer is not addressed because it has its own chapter in the Jefferson County Comprehensive master plan.

the PROJECTS

The ELID advisory board is funneling community input to the County on what projects our community feels are most important and will provide that prioritized project list in the formation documents of the ELID.

For example, some projects are likely to come from the Evergreen Trails Master Plan or the Evergreen Area Community Plan. Both of these plans were developed with the focus to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds us while celebrating our unique mountain character. And both were created with extensive community input.

Project FAQs

Jefferson County has statutory authority, expertise, and equipment to design, construct and maintain transportation projects, but not public bathrooms.

Improving crosswalks and adding bike lanes is a major part of improving safety and connectively throughout the entire corridor. Studies in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan have laid out possible solutions and will be considered when compiling a list of prioritized projects on improving infrastructure.

A field review of area roads, trails, sidewalks, social paths, and bicycles facilities was conducted during the onset of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. The study uncovered major safety concerns around Evergreen, including inadequate crosswalks and signage, poorly planned traffic flow, and broken lights and un-striped roads.

Lack of parking in and around the entire corridor is an issue brought up by several community members. It is the hope that with the addition of safer roads and better traffic flow, the space for parking would open up and a plan would be put in place that includes additional parking locations. To submit your improvement ideas please contact us.

A field review of local trails was conducted during the development of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. During that review, it was found that Evergreen lacks sufficient connectivity. Solutions to create a better network of trails will be part of the prioritized list of projects submitted to Jefferson County.

Not by the ELID. The ELID focuses on infrastructure and amenities only in public right of way or public lands. The buildings throughout Evergreen are privately owned and would not be part of the ELID improvement projects. However, it is the hope that as the surrounding infrastructure and safety concerns are addressed, property owners throughout the District would continue to make commensurate investments into the facilities throughout Evergreen.

We invite your comments via info@EvergreenLID.org

These community projects are NOT part of ELID:

NORTH LAKE TRAIL

Information

Who will fix the trail around the lake?

The Evergreen Parks and Recreation District is heading up the efforts to fix the North Trail.
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DOG PARK

Information

Will we get a new dog park?

Jefferson County Open Space closed the dog park due to natural resource protection.
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the VOTE

District residents would have an opportunity to vote on a 1% sales tax that would generate the financial stream for ELID to begin working on identified infrastructure projects. Registered voters who reside within ELID boundaries would cast their ballot at their respective precincts. Passing the 1% sales tax is a critical piece in preserving Evergreen.

Vote FAQs

Registered voters within the ELID boundaries would vote at their respective precincts. For locations visit http://jeffco.us/elections/

Registered voters who reside within the ELID boundaries would be able to vote.

After the approval and formation of the ELID, a vote for the 1% sales tax would follow

the ORGANIZERS

Greater DEED is an all-voluntary group of property owners, business owners, and residents with a shared vision of improving Evergreen’s infrastructure while preserving our mountain way of life.

For over five years, it has worked to address these concerns. But in order to have the needed impact this group deemed it necessary to find a way to collect larger funds, to identify and prioritize projects based on community input, and to directly work with the County to initiate those projects.

As a result, the group proposed the formation of the ELID to the Jefferson County Commissioners and County staff. Greater DEED will continue to work with the County in defining the infrastructure projects, as well as channeling community input to them.

Dean Dalvit

I love Evergreen, have raised my family here, and want to preserve Evergreen from deterioration so future generations are able to enjoy the special charm and character of our mountain town.
After spending more than 8 years working towards improvements in an unincorporated county, I've learned that individuals and local organizations are extremely limited in accomplishing meaningful infrastructure projects. An ELID is the perfect solution that gets Evergreen the support it desperately needs at a government level without actually creating more government. Walking and biking throughout most of the commercial centers in Evergreen is dangerous. We have to take action to put safety at the forefront of our priorities as a community.

Gail Riley

Evergreen is a magical, unique and remarkable community in countless ways. We need to keep the magic alive and improve and maintain it. ELID: This is the answer.
An ELID supports us in helping our crumbling or non existent infrastructure; the absence of a path or walkway for our kids from Wilmot, to the high school, to Wulf Rec Center to the library, is just one example. Safety is an issue at many locations throughout Evergreen--think walking/biking strolling from the downtown to the Meadow Drive area for one example. Risky business. Evergreen deserves better.

Kathleen Davis

Since Evergreen lacks any government structure, we see an ELID as the only option to enhance safety and connectivity while maintaining our mountain lifestyle.
My husband and I moved to Evergreen in 1966, raised our family here, and have been involved in almost every arts and community activity known to man. We consider ourselves fortunate beyond words to have made a life in this vibrant community, but have been concerned and frustrated for many years that the physical infrastructure doesn’t live up to this beautiful place.

Rachel Nicks

We moved to Evergreen in 2010 and I purchased a downtown business in 2015. As a parent and business owner I want our children and citizens to be able to navigate safely throughout Evergreen. Southwest Plaza’s improvement district has been proven successful and ELID emulates its design. ELID is the perfect solution to maintain Evergreen’s beauty and charm without having to incorporate.

The Faces of Greater DEED

Read about why each of us believe so strongly in ELID and why we commit so much of our time and resources to this Evergreen community we cherish.

Rachel Emmer

The ELID puts a tool into our hands to ensure we keep the Evergreen we love and enhance what needs changing--on our terms.
My family moved to Evergreen in 1971. Life was slower then. Highway 74 was two lanes, drivers weren't in such a hurry and there were fewer cars on the roads. Over the decades, Evergreenites rallied to affect change to preserve our way of life. Elk Meadow, the Evergreen Lake House and Buchanan Park all resulted from community members stepping up to preserve our mountain character while adapting to the burgeoning population and its changing needs.

Bob Cardwell

As we have seen, CDOT and Jeffco have larger priorities than Evergreen. ELID allows us to take charge of OUR future.
I have lived in Evergreen for 28 years and have watched it grow and change. The one thing that hasn't changed is the community's desire to to control its destiny. ELID is a giant step towards achieving this goal.

Warren Rose

ELID will provide a much needed vehicle for implementing projects and improvements that include upgrades and maintenance to our community's neglected roadways, curbs, gutters, crosswalks and trails.
All of this and more without creating a city government. The financial impact on our residents will be minimal and the tax rate paid by visitors will still be lower than those elsewhere. This community has given so much to so many and it's time to express our gratitude by securing Evergreen's beauty and safety for generations to come.

Eric Gill

I am all about ELID. We need this to move us from the roadblock of failing infrastructure to an Evergreen we can freely move around in.
The red tape and lack of adequate resources that stymie us now can be largely eliminated with this initiative. What we all know is that, despite the best intentions of individuals and organizations here, they cannot provide the level of enhancements we need to be a productive, proud community.

Richard A. Schaefer

Richard Toussaint

Richard Toussaint

As a 40 year resident and long time advocate for Evergreen, I have concluded that needed improvements must originate from our community; we cannot depend upon the County or the State to meet this community’s needs.

Team FAQs

No. The ELID would generate targeted funds to focus on specific projects within the District boundaries that go beyond the services the County is currently responsible for providing.

No. Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) is a special district authorized to serve the park and recreation needs of its constituents. EPRD does not address infrastructure.

Greater DEED is an all-voluntary group of property owners, business owners, and residents who came together with a goal of easing the pain of getting around Evergreen. For over five years, they have worked to address these concerns. They created the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF), a revenue stream generated from a voluntary 1% contribution at member businesses. The money collected from ELF has helped fund projects such as the Evergreen Connector Trail and the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. However, as the project list grew, Greater DEED realized the next step had to be forming the ELID. By forming an ELID, the voters can decide on the collection of a sales tax to allow for real progress to be made on these important projects.