Commissioner Casey Tighe
Jefferson County, District 2
I'm honored to be serving as one of Jeffco's three county commissioners, and I look forward to earning your support as I seek reelection in 2016. Learn more about the work of the Board of Commissioners here.
I ran for Jeffco commissioner to assure efficient, accountable government that's responsive to citizen concerns. I have over twenty years of experience working from the inside out to make governmental entities more effective. As a longtime resident of Jefferson County, I am dedicated to preserving our great quality of life while building economic vitality.
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April 27, 2015
In my last letter, I misstated the old saying about March and lions and lambs, and the smart readers of this letter were quick to point that out. The correct saying is that if March goes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. (I had it backwards) Well, I am going to try an old weather related sayings again.
April showers bring May flowers. We have gotten some much needed moisture this last week, but as we learned from the floods two years ago, we can get too much of a good thing. These rains should help mitigate the fire danger in our mountains for a while, but has the summer progresses I am guessing the fire risk will return.
Slash Program. Jeffco is expanding its mobile slash program this summer to help residents get rid of tree limbs and other yard materials. The County encourages residents to create defensible space around their homes to help protect their structures in the event of a wild fire. Details for some sites are still being finalized, so we are not sure exactly how many weekends there will be a location open to drop off your slash. However, we have finalized the details for 9 dates and locations. The complete list is on the Jeffco web page at www.jeffco.us
A few of dates are:
May 30 and 31 at the Evergreen Road and Bridge shop 30846 Lewis Ridge Road.
June 13 and 14 at the Wagon Wheel Open Space, Wagon Wheel Road and Spring Gulch Road
June 20 and 21 at the Blue Mountain Open Space 1.47 miles west of Hwy 93 and Hwy 72
Slash material can be typically be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The charge is $20 per load.
Please check the webpage for an explanation of what materials can and cannot be accepted and for what constitutes a load.
Budget. We have started work on our 2016 budget. Like governments throughout the country, Jefferson County has faced a number of challenges the last few years, but we have been able to get the budget on solid financial footing. The Board of County Commissioners has adopted several financial philosophies that have helped guide us in setting the budget.
One of the challenges we always have is predicting revenues. This year uncertainty is even greater because of the new property valuations from the Assessor’s Office. It is expected that residential property values will increase, but commercial property will see only a modest, if any, increase. As we establish the budget, we understand how important it is to make sure the county is operating efficiently and effectively.
Positive Things in Jeffco. Over the last several weeks I have been able to attend events that demonstrate how many positive things are happening in Jefferson County. Over the span of a couple of days I went to ribbon cuttings for building expansions for the Action Center and for Terumo BCT.
The Action Center is a non-profit in Lakewood that provides a hand up for our neighbors that may be going through a tough time. At the Action Center, people can get food, clothing and help finding stable housing for their family. The Action Center’s goal is to help people find a pathway to success. Their new building has a great new food pantry and more room for the staff and volunteers to provide services to the center’s clients. The expansion was made possible by the generosity of the citizens of Jefferson County and our neighbors throughout the metro area. If you can learn more about the Action Center, volunteer or donate by visiting their website at www.theactioncenter.org
Terumo BCT is a business that has been located in Lakewood for a long time, and they are a global leader in blood component and cellular technologies. Terumo BCT is unlocking the potential of blood, and they have helped improve the lives of people all over the world with their innovative products. Their new expansion will bring high quality jobs to Lakewood as they continue to develop better treatment options for patients.
I also attended the state of the city speeches in Golden, Arvada and Lakewood. Exciting things are happening all over the County. One consistent theme I picked up in each city’s presentation is that there is a great quality of life in Jefferson County. There is a mix of economic development, environmental stewardship, cultural activity, recreational options, and volunteerism that is part of the fabric of Jefferson County and each city in the county. I also heard about challenges each city is facing. Some of the common issues related to transportation, affordable housing, helping the growing senior population, economic development and attracting good stable jobs. These are many of the same challenges the county is facing and I am excited to work with each city to find solutions.
Bi-Partisanship. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join the other two commissioners at a meeting of the Jefferson County Republican Party Men’s club. We gave a short presentation about things going on in the county and answered some questions. The group was very gracious and welcomed me as a Democrat to the discussion. After the meeting, I had a good discussion with a couple of people that disagreed with me on some issues. After our discussion was over, we still did not completely agree, but it was a good debate, and I think both sides learned a little about the others perspective.
I bring this up because over the last two years I have been on the Board of County Commissioners, we as a board have worked hard to get past party labels and work together for the residents of Jeffco. Sometimes, I catch myself slipping into a partisan mode, and I have to step back and remember to look at the big picture. As a board we have to be able to debate the issues and find resolution.
As County Commissioners we deal with many different issues that can sometimes be politically charged and emotional for people involved. We don’t always agree when we vote on these issues, but I always try to make the vote that I think is in the overall best interest of Jeffco. I believe the other Commissioners I have served with take their votes just as seriously. I hope we can continue to work in a bipartisan way and continue to do what is best for Jefferson County.
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