Letter to the editor: A New Vision for Lakewood

Posted 11/2/18

Growing up in Lakewood, I loved our mountain views and open space. Now that I’m the Mayor, I have been working hard with our Council to keep pace with our growing community and preserve all …

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Letter to the editor: A New Vision for Lakewood

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Growing up in Lakewood, I loved our mountain views and open space. Now that I’m the Mayor, I have been working hard with our Council to keep pace with our growing community and preserve all that makes Lakewood special.
The key to achieving that goal is Issue 2D, that’s on the ballot this fall.
Issue 2D asks voters to allow the city to retain a $12.5 million TABOR surplus to address traffic congestion, purchase open space and strengthen our police force. The measure also allows the city to retain surplus TABOR revenues through 2025, providing an additional $22.5 million for these same community needs.
Lakewood is a desired location for families and businesses. We’re proud of this fact. But we know that smart cities have to stay a step ahead of growth.
Issue 2D will fund new turn lanes and traffic signals at congested intersections. It will improve crosswalks and add sidewalks to protect pedestrians.
The measure will dedicate $8.5 million toward purchasing open space. With demand for property in Lakewood on the rise, maximizing the land we preserve in perpetuity is essential for protecting our quality of life.
Lakewood’s Police Department hasn’t expanded as fast as our population. Issue 2D will allow us to hire more officers to protect our citizens.
I’m enthusiastically backing Issue 2D because these investments will help keep Lakewood the kind of community I’m grateful to have grown up in, and one that future generations will be proud to call their hometown.
For more information visit www.yourlakewood.org
Adam Paul,
Mayor of Lakewood

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