Allenspark Water and Sanitation District Issue 5A
Permit the district to accept loans and grants to create a centralized sewage system
If passed, this ballot issue would allow the Allenspark Water and Sanitation District to accept loans that it has previously been unable to accept as a result of Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) restrictions.
Currently, a majority of the district’s residents use septic tanks as their primary water system, but as this has caused some minor contamination, the Allenspark Water and Sanitation District’s management has expressed a hope to move to a centralized sewage system.
The septic system currently in place is considered problematic because not every resident has a sufficient amount of land for the septic tank regulations in the Boulder County Septic Smart System, and many have yet to conform.
Those in favor of the centralized sewage system say it would be beneficial to the environment as well as to property values. Lack of funding presents the main barrier to developing a sewage system. The district has sought loans and grants, but because of the TABOR restriction in question, have had to turn them down.
Those who oppose this issue do so largely on the basis that they have put money into functioning, acceptable septic systems that are not currently in need of a change, and were a sewer system developed, they would also have to pay for that service. According to Allenspark Water and Sanitation District Manager Andrew Griffiths, they would likely be given the choice of opting out, or paying a connection fee that would allow them to take part in the new system should theirs eventually fail.
While passing ballot issue 5A would allow for progress on this project, the vote is simply to remove the TABOR restrictions so that the district has the funding should voters approve the new system in the future.