Fraser PIF incentives, ballot measure endorsement
The Fraser Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 19 addressed many important topics in Fraser and Grand County including attainable housing and ballot measures.
PIF incentive program
The board passed a resolution establishing an attainable housing Plant Investment Fee (PIF) incentive program.
According to the resolution, Water and Wastewater PIFs are development expenses affecting the cost of housing in the community. The Fraser Housing Work Plan identifies amendments to the PIF schedule to incentivize smaller units, multi-family units, and apartment developments as one of many strategic opportunities
According to the resolution, in addition to the attainable housing challenge facing the community, the Town board desires to protect the future sustainability of the water and wastewater enterprise funds and rates.
Effective October 5, 2016 through December 31, 2018, the Single Family Equivalent (SFE) rate for single-family detached residential units between shall be calculated based on square footage: Up to 750 square feet equals .5 SFE; up to 1000 square feet equals .625 SFE; up to 1,250 square feet equals .75 SFE; up to 1500 square feet equals .875 SFE; anything over 1500 square feet equals 1 SFE. The square footage calculation shall be calculated based upon gross building square footage excluding any garage or unfinished space, according to the resolution.
Ballot measure Endorsements
The board unanimously voted to endorse ballot measure 1B supporting the mill levy increase to sustain the Grand County Library District (GCLD). Fraser board members Katie Soles and Eileen Waldow said that they love the Grand County libraries and they want to keep them all open, and the board moved to pass the resolution. The resolution states that the board found it in the best interest of the town of Fraser to endorse the measure. If the mill levy passes, it will increase the mills to 3.36 from 2.41, an increase of .95 mills. If the ballot initiative passes, the 3.36 budget will allow the library district to pay off the debt on the Juniper and Granby libraries by 2026 and move towards a balanced budget while maintaining library services in all five branches. If the mill levy question does not pass, however, the 2.41 mills budget will include the closure of a branch.
The board did not pass a measure to endorse ballot measure 1A. If passed, measure 1A will impose a countywide sales tax levy of 0.3 percent that expires in 10 years to be used solely for: keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers (such as the Fraser River) available for agriculture, ranching, and outdoor recreation; conserving agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access through acquisition; and maintaining hiking and biking trails.
Grand Foundation update
Megan Ledin, Grand Foundation Executive Director gave an update on their new location. The Grand Foundation is now located in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center above Rocky Mountain Roastery. Ledin stated that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Grand Foundation and thanked the Town of Fraser for their business enhancement grant that allowed the Grand Foundation to remodel their new location. She said the new location has two or three times the space of their previous location, and thanked everyone who donated their time and labor to renovating the office. The Grand Foundation was given ten years of free rent in their new location from Craig Clark, and Ledin said this will allow them to help the community by saving ten years worth of rent.
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