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File #: 22-0712    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 4/11/2022 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/24/2022 Final action: 5/24/2022
Title: Planning and Building Department, Cemeteries Division, recommending the Board provide direction to staff related to the proposed ballot measure to form a Western Slope Cemetery Zone of Benefit within County Service Area 9. FUNDING: General Fund.
Related files: 19-1047, 19-1323, 21-1304, 18-0987, 19-1585
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Planning and Building Department, Cemeteries Division, recommending the Board provide direction to staff related to the proposed ballot measure to form a Western Slope Cemetery Zone of Benefit within County Service Area 9.

FUNDING: General Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Direction was requested from the Board on June 26, 2018 (Item 55, Legistar File No. 18-0987) and July 16, 2019 (Item 31, Legistar File No. 19-1047) related to the cemetery program service levels. The Cemetery Advisory Committee, at a special meeting held on August 8, 2019, voted in favor of forming a cemetery zone of benefit and made such a recommendation to the Board. On September 10, 2019, the Board approved detailing the Board’s intention to form a Western Slope Cemetery Zone of Benefit (ZOB) within County Service Area 9 (Item 25, Legistar File No. 19-1323) dependent upon funding from a voter-approved ballot measure.

On November 5, 2019 staff returned with the required public hearing for the parcel tax proposal associated with the ZOB (Legistar No. 19-1585). Though several persons spoke in opposition to the ballot measure, there was no majority protest. The Board directed staff or the Cemetery Advisory Committee to return to the Board in March of 2020 with a plan to maintain cemeteries going forward. The Board also approved Resolution 148-2019 creating one large zone of benefit on the Western Slope within County Service Area 9, subject to voter approval, with an annual parcel tax for all taxable parcels of $9.00, and a ten-year sunset date for the parcel tax, contingent on a parcel tax ballot measure being approved by the voters on the November 2022 election.

On February 23, 2022, the Cemetery Advisory Committee voted in favor of postponing the placement of the measure on the November 2022 ballot, noting that the timing of the ballot measure is not compatible with current economic realities. Staff is carrying forward this advisory decision to your Board for consideration.

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