Carlisle: I don't think it's confusing at all. If staff had looked at Berkeley, you could have saved us all some time.
Carlisle: "Idk if that person is shared by this many members, how much time he or she might have" to follow the whims of individual council members.
Nagle: It's more confidentiality. There's certain things I wouldn't want...
Wants to try out the one paid assistant first.
"That kind of income would prob give ppl the ability to reduce their work hours to give more time." Suggests $25K.
"The good thing is, we knew this was all coming."
No estimates on attrition, but the dept will start first with temporary labor before it hits FTEs.
"$700K doesn't give you much, but fortunately we are buffered by having that carryover."
Burke: We look at it every 10 yrs. Anywhere from 7K-9K acres that would be of high interest.
Burke: Per acre costs over the last 6yrs has been about $23K/acre. But some of those were protected with conservation easements and therefore cheaper.
Carlisle and Morzel question that: It should come out of the general fund, bc tribes lived on a lot more land than just open space before white ppl got here.
He does support an open space tax, but also supports polling for other things.
Jones: Acquisitions leveled off, so we reduced it. There's a sense we overshot
Morzel: There's more visitors, etc.
Brockett: It could torpedo the whole thing if it failed.
Can't be a property tax, Carr says, bc of state constitution. Can be an excise tax. Many exemptions in Oakland, which has set it at 1% of value.
So that's being pushed to next year. Good idea. It's not like we have an affordability crisis or anything.
Weaver: That's the point of the pilot. A poll would be difficult; you'd need to know so much about who you're surveying.
Boulder Library Champions are doing this via petition. boulderlibrarychampions.org
It would just encompass unincorporated Boulder County.
Jones: I thought the point was to spread out the costs bc those communities are using it, but we're paying for it.
You do not allocate the unsure/unknown between the yes and no votes. Uncertain respondents almost always vote no.
"We've gotten false confidence," Yates says. "I feel more blind than if we didn't have a poll at all."
Yes, David Gehr says, although in Colorado, municipalities typically donate those assets.
"We’ve got the library, we’ve got open space, we’ve got the library, we’ve got affordable housing. My gut says there’s likely no appetite for taxes."
Unusually for a study session, there are a handful of ppl in the audience that I don't think are city staff. I could be wrong, though.
Jones: Not everyone is going to come to a public hearing.
Weaver: I would be *very* surprised if we get poll results by the end of July (when they need to have a hearing).
Jones: I think this is different bc opt out totally changes the ballot measure. It kinda turns a district into a donut.
Jones: You can't ask ppl how much can we tax you?
Weaver: I want to second that. I'd think we'd look to a sales tax for this. For whatever reason, the reaction to property taxes was more negative and visceral.
Brockett: Sales tax is much more regressive. They hit lower-income ppl much harder.
Carlisle: We have a visitor base. We could take it off some of this "excess visitor funding that's coming in and putting it where our community needs it."
This is a tough one; a lot of it is going to depend on what the public wants.
Brockett: And the Gunbarrel folks love the main library when they visit, but they would like one out there.
Carlisle: The NoBo library wouldn't need so many ppl if it hadn't grown so exponentially.