2019 Community Improvement Program

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  Community Improvement Program

The Community Improvement Program was suspended in April 2018 when City Council, City staff and a Citizen Task Force reached consensus that a ballot measure might threaten the success of two Thompson School District bond issues. Both school measures received voter approval on Election Day 2018.

Councilmembers at a Jan. 26, 2019, planning session agreed that Loveland residents should receive updated information on the program, and that public opinion research should proceed to gauge community support for a possible ballot measure, seeking approval of a half-cent sales and use tax increase to pay for under-funded City projects. 

The City has resumed a study of whether a ballot question might go to Loveland voters in November 2019.

Councilmembers also:

• Honored a request by the non-profit Pulliam Building Foundation to remove their renovation project from the proposed list, so that their own capital campaign could move forward.
• Capped the potential sales tax increase at a half-cent.
• Authorized the City Finance Director to investigate whether a voter-approved sales tax could support borrowing, through certificates of participation, to get the projects underway sooner.

The information below describes the Community Improvement Program and the projects it could support. An FAQ addresses questions that residents might have about the program.

A Legacy of Commitment

None of the things that make Loveland a great place to live, work, raise a family or retire happened by accident.

Our community amenities are here because we, as a community, built them. Together we decided what features would make our city more beautiful, livable, comfortable and enjoyable – and together we found means to make them real.

A Promise Renewed
A citizen-driven effort is underway today to tap into that community-building spirit. Thanks to the commitments made by Loveland citizens in past decades, we have benefited from some remarkable amenities. Now it is time to ask what projects will benefit our community as we move ahead.
How We Got Here, Where We're Headed

Take a trip to 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. Nearby, the Loveland Public Library provides big-city offerings uncommon for a town 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 our “city hall.”

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.

Growing City, growing needs

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 what brings us together in this venture for “Your City, Your Future.”  We want to hear from you!

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 improvements - No funding exists for
Phase 3 of Taft Avenue construction,
including rebuilding Eisenhower intersection
and widening north of that area.

 Trail underpass

Recreation Trail underpasses - Essential 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 replacement - Now 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 center - 30-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 Expansion - Architectural 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 renovation - While 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 widening - Four miles of Eisenhower
Boulevard east of Boise Avenue remain a bottleneck
that generates most of residents’ congestion complaints.