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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 3, 20173min1270

Weld County’s reputation for going easy on taxpayers has been elevated to formal recognition. The county has picked up an award from the American City County Exchange, praising Weld’s “efforts to alleviate the tax burden on residents as well as progress in eliminating county debt,” according to a press release from the exchange.

Though the exchange’s first-ever Taxpayer Friendly Community Award was handed out last month in Denver at the annual meeting of parent group American Legislative Exchange Council — Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer formally accepted the honor at a reception July 19 — publicity is evidently just now making the rounds.

From the exchange press release issued today:

Jon Russell, Director of ACCE, noted Weld County’s achievements, lauding “Weld County is the Gold Standard for fiscal responsibility for localities across the country, having saved taxpayers more than $420 million since 2002. With no sales tax and no debt, I can think of no county more worthy of the very first Taxpayer Friendly Community Award than Weld County, CO.”

Barbara Kirkmeyer reaffirmed her county’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, saying, “The commissioners have been diligent in our pursuit of reducing the tax burden to our constituents and we will remain strong on our commitment to ‘pay cash as we build’ so future generations of Weld County taxpayers will not be saddled with any debt.”

Also noted by the exchange:

Weld County’s retirement plan is more than fully funded at 103 percent with assets valuing more than $255 million dollars. The county ranks 4th lowest in the nation  at $962.12, and 6th lowest in the nation in per capita tax costs at $438.38.

The conservative, pro-free market American Legislative Exchange Council has been an advocate of limited government and a resource for model legislation to generations of (mostly Republican) state legislators in Colorado and across the country. Spinoff ACCE, geared toward local government, bills itself as “America’s only non-partisan forum for elected local officials who believe taxpayers should come first in every decision.”


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Bob WinklerBob WinklerApril 21, 20175min3822

It's important to remember that mineral extraction has never been safe or without risk but with extreme methods it's become even more risky. Running Weld counties economy on mineral resources that use and release toxins is an unavoidable part of extraction and requires a "sacrifice zone," which is labeled as less inhabitable by poisoning in the name of profits.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 22, 20178min2304

Just days before allegedly forging his former wife’s signature on a mail ballot and fraudulently voting in the November election, Steve Curtis, a former Colorado Republican Party chairman, railed against the “crooked Democrats” and their propensity to commit voter fraud in an hour-long interview on the conservative morning radio talk show he hosts.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 8, 20165min93

A proposed growth limitation constitutional amendment to submit to Colorado voters in 2018 was found to not meet the state's single-subject requirement by the Secretary of State's title review board Wednesday, Dec. 7. The backer of the proposed ballot measure, Daniel Hayes of Golden, has seven days to file a motion for a rehearing and submit a revised measure to address the board's objection. That centered around Hayes' inclusion of a sentence that reads, "At least 30 percent of the housing subject to the limitation shall be affordable housing and affordable senior housing."


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Ken BuckKen BuckJuly 15, 20165min910

In Northern Colorado, water is life for our farmers, ranchers, and cities. Unfortunately, government regulation and red tape has limited the available water, harming the economy and Colorado families. The story in Northern Colorado goes something like this. The region is a breadbasket, contributing significantly to the world’s agricultural bounty. The area is also a great place to live, which is why Weld County has, for instance, grown at a clip three times faster than the national average in the first part of this decade. All these crops, animals, and people living in a semiarid climate demand a lot of water. There’s no shortage of liquid gold flowing through the rivers in the region, but there’s simply no way to store the water.