UPDATED FEB 11 2019
Over the years various groups from the Niwot community have explored the idea of self-rule incorporation. This committee was formed with the desire to fully research the feasibility of an incorporated Niwot as well as solicit input from the entire community. The goal of the study is to present the facts and allow Niwot’s citizens to make an informed decision. Niwot’s citizens can decide what is best for Niwot.
WHO IS THE NIWOT INCORPORATION COMMITTEE?
The Niwot Exporatory Incorporation Study Committee is comprised of concerned Niwot residents. Some members are also business owners in Niwot. All committee members seek an accurate look at the real costs and benefits to self-rule. Some committee members are in favor of incorporation, some are undecided, but all committee members know that additional feedback from the community is needed.
Committee members are Cotton Burden, Tim and Mary Coonce, Damien D'Apolito, Bob Di Scipio, Steve Lehan, Anne Postle, Tony Santelli, and Cornelia Sawle. The Committee has benefitted hugely from the donation of time and expertise given by Jacque Wedding-Scott, CEO of Whitestone Strategies and former City Manager of Centennial, Colorado, a city incorporated in 2001. All costs incurred to date have been covered with donations from committee members.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE DATA?
A college intern, Abigail Olson, was hired for Summer 2019 to research the budgets and government structure of similar population Colorado municipalities, the Colorado statutes regarding incorporation, the current property tax and sales tax revenue within the proposed Niwot boundaries, and the additional funds available to incorporated towns. Jacque Wedding-Scott’s guidance and connections were invaluable. All city and town budgets, sales tax records, property tax records are available on-line. Most of the budget data for Niwot came from the Boulder County finance department and Boulder County Assessor’s office. The draft budget provided is a preliminary budget and much work remains to be done on the budget before Niwot residents would be asked to vote on the question of incorporation.