Voting yes on open space proposition 1B makes good business sense. Studies have shown that communities with open space command higher property values. Open space helps to create a higher quality of life in Boulder that attract higher-quality businesses and professionals to locate here. The argument that open space depletes county property tax rolls is misleading. Most open space properties are farms and ranches that are zoned agricultural and account for a small amount of county property tax. The higher overall property values that open space helps to create actually provides much greater tax benefit to the county.
Furthermore, Yes an open space proposition 1B makes good business sense now. With both land prices and interest rates low, these funds have a great opportunity to make a difference protecting Boulder county’s heritage and rural landscapes. Boulder can get maximum effectiveness from these funds to complete vital links in the Boulder Open Space network with willing sellers. Your vote is important. Please vote yes on open space proposition 1B.
Michael Banks, MBA