2019 Community Improvement Program

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None of the things that make Loveland a great place to live, work, raise a family or retire happened by accident. The community amenities we enjoy and benefit from - the Loveland Museum, the Loveland Public Library and the Chilson Recreation Center - are here because we worked together to make them happen.

As Loveland rapidly approaches becoming a city of 80,000 residents, this is the time to ask what we want for our future, to decide what projects will benefit our growing community most, and how, as we did in the mid-80's, we can make them a reality. 

THE 2019 COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Under the slogan “Your City - Your Future,” the Community Improvement Program is a citizen-driven effort to identify public projects that residents of Loveland say they want, and to find ways to bridge gaps in City funding to pay for them.

WORK TO-DATE

The Community Improvement Program Citizen Task Force - a group of primarily community members and some City of Loveland staff - has been meeting since early 2018. The Task Force has already held a number of community meetings to gather feedback from the public.  The Task Force will continue to engage the public by providing lots of opportunities for public input on this potential ballot measure.

In the first few months of 2019, two public opinion surveys were conducted to get feedback on Loveland residents' interest in pursuing these projects by voting in a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for under-funded City projects. The results of both the mailed and phone surveys are below.

Mailed Survey Results

Phone Survey Results

At the May 28 City Council Study Session, these survey results were presented to the Loveland City Council. Council accepted the recommendation of the Citizen Task Force to move forward with placing a half-cent sales tax on the ballot to fund the list of eight projects as outlined in both surveys.

Loveland City Council will continue to study and evaluate the proposed projects and ultimately decide whether this proposed ballot measure should go before voters in November, 2019.

NEXT STEPS

In the weeks and months ahead, you, the citizens of Loveland, will be invited to attend a variety of public events where you can share your hopes, thoughts and ideas for the kinds of capital improvement projects you would like to see in Loveland. Your input, involvement and interest are critical to the success of any or all of the proposed projects.

The information below describes in detail the Community Improvement Program, the projects it could support and how they may be funded. An event listing provides the where and when for all upcoming community meetings, and an FAQ addresses questions that residents might have about the program.

Please check out this information, join us at as many upcoming events as you can, and feel free to leave a comment or ask a question at the bottom of this page.

And thank you for your interest and participation in YOUR CITY. YOUR FUTURE. The 2019 Community Improvement Program. All of these projects are ultimately about YOU.

A Legacy of Commitment

Stroll around the Foote Lagoon, the scenic heart of our Civic Center, and look around. To the east are the Chilson Recreation Center and Loveland Senior Center, providing an array of services to Loveland residents of all ages. To the north, the Loveland Public Library provides big-city offerings uncommon for a city of Loveland’s size. Flanking the Civic Center Park, its amphitheater, plaza and lagoon are the repurposed, century-old schoolhouse and an adjacent newer building that together make up Loveland's "City Hall." And just a few blocks away, the Loveland Museum - nationally renowned for the exhibits it has hosted and the collections it houses.

Loveland’s Civic Center complex, including all those features, was built as a result of a 1 percent sales tax that a group of committed citizens placed on the 1984 general election ballot. The measure earned the support of 61 percent of voters, and the $15.5 million Loveland Civic Center Project opened in 1988. That year marked the last time our citizens supported with their votes such a sweeping revival of our City facilities.

The Promise of a Vibrant Future

The needs and wants of Loveland’s 37,000 residents in 1985, and their commitment to meet them, paved the way for success then. Today, as our population nudges close to 80,000, our needs and wants have grown in proportion. The City’s “to-do” list is long, and outstrips our current resources as well as our pay-as-we-go public finance tradition. That is precisely the issue at hand with the “Your City, Your Future” venture.  

Under consideration:

  • Our roads need to be improved and expanded to relieve congestion.
  • Several fire stations need to be renovated and updated to accommodate additional crews, meet current standards and update equipment.
  • Our library and recreation facilities and programs are bursting at the seams and can’t keep up with community demand.
  • We have a world-class art and history museum that has outgrown its current space.
  • Underpasses to link our recreation trail system and safety enhancements are needed—both for bicycle commuters as well as recreational users.

The proposed projects are designed to improve and enhance how we as citizens live, work and raise our families, and it will take a focused and concerted effort to make these projects a reality. 

The 2019 Community Improvement Program provides a vehicle to hear from and partner with citizens to shape the future of our community. We hope to hear from citizens of all ages, from all parts of the city and all walks of life. Together we can make our city more livable, functional and enjoyable in the near future and for future generations.

The Proposed Half-cent Sales and Use Tax

The 2019 Community Improvement Program Citizen Task Force seeks public input from Loveland residents on a proposed half-cent sales use tax to fund eight projects in Loveland.

A half-cent sales tax equates to a nickel on a $10 purchase or about $31, annually for the average Loveland household.

The proposal calls for the City of Loveland to allocate $37.4 million of projected funds toward the projects, while the new, voter-approved sales tax would fund $141 million of construction costs as well as $60 million of operations and maintenance costs.

Loveland has one of the lowest sales taxes in the region. If voters approved a new half-cent sales tax, the City’s sales tax rate would increase to 3.5 percent. That would be slightly above Greeley, the same as Lafayette and Louisville, and below Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Fort Collins and Windsor.

Some of the projects may be funded with certificates of participation to speed up completion and address the challenge of rising construction costs. If all eight projects are pursued using a half-cent sales tax to fund them, the tax would sunset in 21 years.

Taken together, the anticipated benefits of the projects include reducing traffic congestion, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian safety, reducing emergency response times, improving our quality of life and strengthening our local economy.

The question for Loveland citizens is: Should we pursue some or all of these projects and should there be a ballot measure on the November 2019 ballot so voters can decide?

In 1984, the last time this type of measure was put before voters, Loveland citizens approved a one-cent sales tax to pay for the Hatfield Chilson Recreation Center, Loveland Public Library, Civic Center Park and other improvements.

Below are the Community Improvement Program projects under consideration:

 Branch library rendering

Loveland Public Library branch -
Community members would guide design,
location and features for 
satellite library in a 
new area of the City, perhaps on west side. 

 Taft widening project

Taft Avenue improvementsNo funding exists for
Phase 3 of Taft Avenue construction,
including rebuilding Eisenhower intersection
and widening north of that area.

 Trail underpass

Recreation Trail underpassesEssential links in
the City’s trail network, underpasses under arterial
streets greatly enhance the safety of pedestrians
and bicyclists.

 Fire Station 3

Fire Station No. 3 replacementNow near the end of
life cycle, FS 3 will be replaced to accommodate
additional crews, apparatus to keep pace with City’s growth.

 Rec center rendering

West Side recreation center30-year-old Chilson
center is over capacity. Recreation study in
2015 validated demand and need for a new center
in west Loveland. 

 Museum expansion rendering

Loveland Museum ExpansionArchitectural work
already complete for 26,000-square-foot,
on-site expansion with new exhibit space,
auditorium and classrooms.

 Fire Station 5

Fire Station No. 5 renovationWhile scheduled for
replacement in 2024, renovations are needed to
keep the station functional and in mission-ready condition.

 US 34 upgrade

U.S. Highway 34 wideningFour miles of Eisenhower
Boulevard east of Boise Avenue remain a bottleneck
that generates most of residents’ congestion complaints.

Community Improvement Program