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  • Commissioners weigh county property-tax increase

    As Jeffco begins to finalize its budget for 2014, the county confronts the same dilemma it has faced for several years — how to do more with less. 

    Jeffco’s projected revenues for 2014 will not cover what the county is expecting to spend next year, so the county commissioners are considering reinstating part of the mill levy they reduced several years ago. 

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    Home away from home

  • School board deadlocks on filling vacant seat

    The District 1 seat on the Jeffco school board remained vacant after board members failed to select from among five applicants last Thursday evening.

    At its Oct. 3 meeting, the board interviewed and discussed the five applicants for the vacant seat. After the interviews, board members discussed their top two candidates — Michele Patterson and Dan Green.

  • School board divisions erupt at meeting

    Recent divisions in the Jeffco school district related to data-storage technology led to charges of “blackmail” and a brief physical confrontation at last week’s school board meeting.

  • Slash collection still a hot topic

    Despite the damp summer and fall, wildfire mitigation and the resulting slash remain hot topics in the mountain area, but Jeffco residents are seeing changes in the county’s approach to the issue.  

    County Commissioner Donald Rosier recently announced that plans for a controversial slash-burning operation on county property at Shaffers Crossing have been scuttled, and the county is looking at other options for handling the endless summer surplus of slash.

  • City Council set to vote on 2014 budget

    Littleton is projecting it will continue to see an increase in revenue in 2014, but the city is also predicting that expenditures will soon outpace revenues. 

    The City Council will vote on the proposed budget during its 7 p.m. Oct. 15 meeting.

    While Littleton has seen better-than-expected revenues this year, it is still projecting that rising expenses will necessitate finding a new revenue stream.

  • Littleton enacts 1-year moratorium on sales of recreational marijuana

    Littleton will not allow retail marijuana shops to open for a year. 

    The City Council voted 6-1 on Oct. 1 to place a one-year moratorium on both retail marijuana sales and on marijuana social clubs, with Councilman Jim Taylor casting the dissenting vote. 

    The moratorium is set to expire in October 2014. At that time, the council will need to take action to extend the ban, make it permanent or allow retail marijuana shops to open. 

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  • Former state senator Kopp running for governor

    Former South Jeffco state senator Mike Kopp has announced he is running for governor.

  • Community member, school district staff in altercation at meeting

    Off-duty deputies broke up an altercation between two Jeffco Public Schools employees and a Jeffco parent during the school board meeting last Thursday evening.

    The parent, Natalie Adams, had addressed the board earlier in the meeting during public comment. Adams questioned why the board was considering a nearly $1.2 million contract to update the district’s technology and data-storage systems.