Lead Stories


Wed May 6, 2015

Why Boulder Thinks Linkage Fees Will Help Solve Affordable Housing

Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado.
Ken Lund Flickr-Creative Commons

Boulder is one of the most unaffordable cities on Colorado's Front Range. And like other expensive U.S. cities (think Seattle and San Francisco) it’s brainstorming ways to make housing accessible for low and middle-income folks.

Tuesday night, the city council approved a new tool to do this. It’s called an – wait for it – affordable housing linkage fee. It’s a mouthful. I know. But if you care about affordable housing, (and a lot of people in the Front Range are starting to) you’re probably going to start hearing more about linkage fees.

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Wed May 6, 2015


Wed May 6, 2015
Oil Industry Taxes

For Rural Colorado, Stability Of Severance Taxes Is Always In Flux

The red brick streets in the historic downtown of Trinidad.

As a result of Colorado's booming oil production, energy companies are paying more in severance taxes – money they pay the state for taking minerals out of the ground. Half of it is supposed to go to back to local communities, both directly and through grants. But thanks to market forces – and political conditions in Denver – it's not always a stable source of funding.

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Wed May 6, 2015
Arts & Life

Renovated Feed & Grain The Next Step In Loveland's Arts Evolution

The Loveland Feed & Grain already has hosted art events, including the 'Love + Light' exhibit.
Courtesy of Lucky Brake Ltd. Lucky Brake Ltd.

The Loveland Feed & Grain has been powering the city of Loveland for a long time.

Built in 1892, it was the site of the first electric lighting in Loveland. When the mill found that it had more electrical capacity than it could use, it offered the extra up to the town.

"And provided the power for the very first city street lights," said Felicia Harmon, who is overseeing the Feed & Grain's next incarnation. The former grain elevator is now being transformed into the city's next "power source" – the Artspace Loveland Arts Campus.

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Tue May 5, 2015

Office Of Consumer Counsel's Future Hinges On Debate In The Final Day Of The Session

KUNC File Photo

The debate over continuing the Office of Consumer Counsel won't be decided until the final day of the state's annual legislative session. The Office represents taxpayers when utility and telecom companies go to the state to ask for rate hikes. Without Senate Bill 271 [.pdf], the Office of Consumer Counsel would sunset and go away altogether.

Determining the scope of the office's role though has been contentious.

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