You may recall a little known county measure that appeared on the ballot in the November election. The measure concerned the desire of the Boulder County Commissioners to properly maintain county roads by issuing a PID (Public Improvement District) or LID (Local Improvement District).
You can google either and get the full details. Essentially, Boulder County Commissioners (BCC) wanted the voters to approve the PID. The PID was the baby of the BCC and if voters didn’t go along with their desires, a LID would automatically go into effect. They positioned the LID as the PID’s evil cousin in an effort to get the PID approved.
Well, guess what? The PID was overwhelmingly defeated. And just as they promised/threatened the BCC put the LID into effect.
Now if you don’t live in the areas effected by the LID you might not give a hoot. But you should! The BCC has decided they know best and damn the voters. And that means you, too!
In the LID, Commissioners have levied assessments of $4000 – $6000 on every home in the designated area. An area that encompasses hundreds if not thousands of homes. Imagine you have a house in the LID. You’ve just been hit with an assessment approved by the BCC (not voters) and you MUST pay this amount “in full” by December 23rd of this year. Failure to make this payment in full or to make arrangements to make the payments over several months would result in you forfeiting any legal right to contest the LID in court. (I’m not making thus up. – The County Commissioners already have!)
On top of losing your basic rights to question the actions of elected officials, non-payers of the assessment charges will be hit with a lien on their property. This means that unless you pay your assessment in full, you may not be able to sell your home, refinance your home or borrow against the equity in your home.
Pay the assessment or get a lien on your property which may go on your credit record. (I’m not totally sure on that one.) Either way, the county commissioners now have authority over YOUR home.
BoCo Firm, www.BoCoFirm.org, is a group of local citizens who have banded together to fight the LID and the County Commissioners. They are seeking funds for the battle which, of course, entails hiring a Lawyer or Lawyers. If the case ever went to court – which it could given the outrageous ego and stubbornness of the BCC, guess who pays the legal fees for the County Commissioners? That’s right. You and me. Such a deal!
I have also heard rumors of a grassroots recall committee being formed. If that happens, I’m all in and I hope you are too. The LID has gone way past the condition of our roads and how road maintenance and paving should be handled. This is now a matter of local government officials, the Boulder County Commissioners, taking the attitude that we work for them. Not the other way around.
I urge you to look into the LID and get involved with BoCoFirm in whatever capacity you can. Someday our elected officials may want to put a lien on your property simply because you don’t agree with them.