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|Loveland Lobbies Against
|51st State House Representative
|From: Rod Wensing
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:13 PM
To: Representative Brian Delgrosso - State of Colorado
Cc: Mark Radtke (email@example.com); Bill Cahill; Alan Krcmarik;
Subject: Possible CCI URA Bill: Local Pressure to Support
Hi Representative Delgrosso,
I recently became aware that you may be getting some local
political pressure to support / sponsor a new URA Bill this session
that would further erode the flexibility of Colorado Cities and Towns
to address the unique challenges around redevelopment issues
that most communities are encountering.
I would ask that you not succumb to this pressure as I think it is
important for you to be aware that over the past few months, there
have been conversations among the local government managers
of Larimer County, Loveland and Fort Collins concerning use of
Urban Renewal Areas (URAs) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
to solve this issue locally rather than have the State Legislature get
involved. Linda Hoffmann, Darin Atteberry and Bill Cahill have had
separate (two by two) discussions on whether we might come to
some new consensual understanding on the proper use of URAs
and TIF. Some of the discussion has centered on the recent
success of the City of Loveland-Larimer County agreement for TIF
from the Brinkman Galley Flats project in the Downtown area.
As a result, Larimer County Manager, Linda Hoffman is taking the
lead in convening a conversation with municipal staffs throughout
the county, as well as other taxing jurisdictions. Senior
management staffs of the organizations will meet throughout the
year to discuss common interests in the success of URAs,
accurate measurements of the benefits and financial impacts of
URAs, and any resolutions we see to come to a common approach
to the formation and use of URAs.
It is expected that the three core jurisdictions in the discussions will
be Larimer, Loveland and Fort Collins. However, the process will
also include some method for other municipalities and taxing
jurisdictions to participate.
Please accept my thanks in advance for your consideration of this
important request and please find attached the City’s 2014
Legislative Policy Agenda in which it indicates Loveland’s strong
support of the preservation of local control. I stand ready to answer
any questions you may have.
I also hear that there is a new little addition to the Delgrosso
Assistant City Manager
City of Loveland, Colorado
From: Bill Cahill <Bill.Cahill@cityofloveland.org>
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Subject: FW: Possible CCI URA Bill: Local Pressure to Support
To: "'Tom Donnelly' (firstname.lastname@example.org)" <donnelt@co.
Cc: Linda Hoffmann <email@example.com>, "'NEIL
GLUCKMAN' (firstname.lastname@example.org)" <email@example.com.
co.us>, Mayor - Cecil Gutierrez <Cecil.Gutierrez@cityofloveland.
org>, Rod Wensing <Rod.Wensing@cityofloveland.org>
Word has traveled to you that the City of Loveland has asked that
Representative Brian del Grosso not sponsor or support a bill on
URAs that we have heard about.
I am forwarding to you the e-mail we sent to Brian, so that you can
see it. You’ll see that we are requesting that Brian not sponsor or
support, because we think that we can begin to address these
issues locally. We are optimistic that the process Larimer County
is starting will have some productive results.
Of course, we are also concerned because we’ve not seen the bill
and can’t be sure what’s in it. If you share the material, then that
might help to address our concern.
William D. Cahill
City of Loveland
500 East Third Street
Loveland, CO 80537