Posts Tagged ‘City of Thornton’

postheadericon Adams County cities file lawsuit against sheriff, commissioners over jail inmate cap

Five Adams County cities are suing the sheriff and county commissioners over the much-maligned cap on the number of municipal inmates that has jeopardized citizen safety. Aurora, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton filed the suit in district court on Wednesday.  The suit names Sheriff Doug Darr and the members of the Adams County […]

postheadericon 2013 Election Recap: Some disappointments but overall a very good election night

Another election is pretty much in the bag and while there is at least one race undecided, winners and losers have mostly been determined.  Analysis does show perhaps a few disappointing outcomes but all-in-all, statewide and local outcomes were satisfactory. Colorado Amendment 66: The billion dollar a year tax hike backed by unions, out of […]

postheadericon 2013 Election Coverage Roundup

In recent weeks I have penned a number of stories about the candidates and issues that will be appearing on voters’ ballots this year.  From a billion dollar a year tax hike and a half dozen local issues to very contentious local elections for school board and city council, much is at stake. For easy […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Question 2G: Expanding definition of ‘fire fighter’ in city charter

Question 2G would expand the definition of ‘fire fighter’ in the Thornton City Charter.  It would pull in additional uniformed ranks under that umbrella and, not by coincidence, it would increase the number of union members in the fire department. It is that last aspect that is troubling.  In recent years we have seen the […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Question 2F: Thornton continuity of government

This question is quite straightforward and continues with Thornton’s increased awareness toward disaster and emergency planning.  Historically, the city that suffered the most damaging tornado in Denver metro area history has lacked in this area and this takes additional steps to rectify that. The measure would allow city government to function in the event there […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Question 2E: Charter changes in the event of a mayoral vacancy

Twice in recent history City Council was unable to deal with a mayoral vacancy as is their charge under the Thornton City Charter.  Petty infighting and politics forced the city to go without a mayor because council couldn’t get their act together. This ballot question would make the Mayor Pro-Tem the Acting Mayor automatically should […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Question 2D: Reducing age requirement for city council and mayor

At the current time Thornton’s residents must be 25 years old to run for municipal office.  This measure would reduce that age requirement to 21. On the surface this might sound okay.  However a closer look shows this measure is in place to satisfy one noisy resident who has long been a thorn in the […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Question 2C: Extending term limits for City Council and Mayor

This one quite frankly really gets my blood boiling.  Coloradans and Thornton residents have made clear that we believe elected officials need to vacate their seats after two four-year terms.  Despite this, Thornton City Council once again is trying to modify term limits so the fat cats can continue to maintain their seats on the […]

postheadericon 2013 Thornton Ballot Issue 2B: Open Space and Parks and Recreation tax extension

Since 1997 Thornton residents have paid a 0.25% sales tax to fund parks and open space.  The tax will sunset in 2018 unless voters choose to extend it. As I have written before, I am generally against tax increases / extensions.  Oftentimes this money is not used as intended and we witness government’s being poor […]

postheadericon Bevy of municipal ballot issues await Thornton voters

While the November 2013 ballot for the City of Thornton will be very light on quality choices for City Council, there will be plenty of choices to make on ballot issues.  Thornton City Council is asking citizens to render decisions on six ballot issues ranging from a tax increase to relaxing term limits for councilmembers. […]

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