|Commissioner Casey Tighe
Jefferson County, District 2
I've just completed my first year on the Jeffco Board of Commissioners, and am excited to be entering my second year. 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.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-271-8525.
April 2, 2014 - Spring Bringing Changes to Jeffco
Spring is upon us. One of the great things about living in Colorado is getting the experience the season changes. (Often times we get to experience several seasonal changes each week.)
Changes are occurring in Jefferson County as well.
Sustainability Commission. The Board of County Commissioners recently approved the establishment of a new committee called the Jefferson County Sustainability Commission. The goal of this volunteer group will be to serve as a resource to county residents and businesses interested in various sustainability efforts. Several cities and numerous businesses within Jefferson County already have established sustainability groups within their organizations. I hope Jeffco can leverage this great work that has already started and have a positive impact for the citizens of the County.
As I stated above, this is a new commission is in the formative stages, and I am not sure what projects the Commission will tackle, but I am excited to get this group going. I want to thank the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability (EASY) for helping get this concept going in the County.
Marijuana Task Force. Jefferson County currently has a moratorium on retail sales of marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county. This moratorium is set to expire in February of next year. At that time, the County Commissioners will have to decide if the moratorium should continue or if the county wants to allow retail sales, and large retail grow operations in the unincorporated parts of the county. Cities within the county adopt their own rules on marijuana. To help guide the Board, the Commissioners are establishing a task force to look into various issues related to marijuana and the impacts to Jefferson County. Please feel free to let me and the other Commissioners know your opinion on allowing retail marijuana operations in Jefferson County.
Budget and Strategic Thinking. The Board of County Commissioners is already working with staff on the 2015 county budget. The projections are for the property tax revenues to remain flat. For the last several years the demands on crucial county services have remained high, so the county has been spending reserve funds to balance the budget. In reviewing the budget, I had questions concerning how much the county should have in its reserve accounts. This question is complicated by several factors including TABOR reserve requirements, commitments for capital construction projects and other claims on funds. However, the county should still have a general target on the level of unrestricted funds the county retains.
In order to identify that target, I am working with the other two Commissioners and staff on strategic thinking to create budget principals to guide the budget development process. We are looking at best practices for government entities, and considering the values of Jefferson County as we develop these broad budget principles. We are in the early stages of the process but the vision is to develop a tighter budget for 2015 that provides fiscal stability for the county and provides direction for county staff and our private partners that deliver services to the citizens.
Rocky Mountain Airport. Jefferson County owns a lot of land on and around the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. This land is a great location for companies to locate and bring high paying primary jobs to Jefferson County. Overall, the county has over 500 acres, some of which can be used for aviation-related development and some of which can be used for non-aviation purposes. As the project progresses and parcels of land are sold, there should be good revenues for Jefferson County.
The Commissioners recently approved the creation of a special district to help begin sensible development of this property. The new special district is called Verve. The special district will proceed with obtaining financing to get basic infrastructure built that will help attract solid businesses to the project. The businesses that locate to Verve will pay fees into the special district to cover the cost of development. By creating a special district, as provided in the Colorado Statutes, the citizens of Jefferson County will not have to finance the upfront costs of getting this development started.
It is going to be very exciting to see different opportunities that will come from this project.
Foothills Animal Shelter. Need a good companion for the summer and beyond? The Foothills Animal Shelter has numerous potential friends ready and willing to interview to become your next favorite pet. The animal shelter staff treat the animals with care and the shelter provides a great service for the community. They also have wonderful volunteers that keep the place running. The address of the shelter is 580 McIntyre Street, Golden CO (Next to the Jeffco Fairgrounds. The website is www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org and the phone number is (303) 278-7575.
Foothills Animal Shelter also wants to remind you to license your pet. If your pet gets lost, the license information is a great way to help the shelter get your pet home.
DDRC. It seems that in each of my letters I talk about the great work of volunteers or nonprofits in our community. The commitment and great work of the people involved in various efforts never ceases to amaze me. Last week, I toured some facilities operated by the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC). This organization is a great asset to the county. Several years ago, the voters approved dedicating one mill of property tax revenue to DDRC. From what I saw and heard during my tour, the tax dollars are being used wisely. The individuals I met on the tour were busy and happy and clearly benefiting from the services provided by the staff. Vocational training is a priority for the Center, but finding work for the clients with developmental disabilities is always a challenge. This is especially true when the economy slows down. Contact the DDRC if you or your employer may have a job, even if it is a temporary job that you think the clients of the center would be interested in. Their website is www.ddrcco.com. Also, please support the businesses that hire employees with disabilities.
As always, feel free to contact me with any comments or ideas. My email is Commish2@Jeffco.us.
Jefferson County Commissioner, District 2