FCBR’s REALTOR & Consumer Advocacy Department helps to ensure the success of our members via the 4 “I’s”- Involvement, Investment, Information, & Influence. Our Advocacy efforts are predicated on meaningful Community Involvement, Investment in key organizations, trustworthy local real estate Information, and effective Influence on local public policy.           

Key committees/task forces of this department include Government Affairs, REALTOR® Political Action Committee, Community Outreach, CARHOF, Linda Norton Good Neighbor Scholarship Fund, Public Relations, & Monthly Market Information.

To learn more about this department and its related activities please contact Department Director Clint Skutchan at 402-0852 or clint@fcbr.org.

REALTOR & CONSUMER ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT INFO

 

3 Tax Items to be on County Ballot

On August 19th the Larimer County Commissioners formally adopted a resolution to ask voters to extend the .015 percent jail sales tax, which currently generates $7.5 million a year and is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The tax would only provide for ongoing maintenance and operations of the jail. The High Park fire in 2012 and the floods of 2013 have strained the County’s resources and the sales tax extension will ensure the County is able to provide other services. Note: In 2008 the Sheriff’s Department accounted for 55 percent of the County’s budget. That year the County asked voters to approve a tax to build a detox and mental health facility at the jail but it lost by a 62 to 38 percent margin. Will voters approve 3 tax measures this fall? That remains to be seen.

On July 29th the County Commissioners unanimously voted to put two questions on the November 4th ballot. One resolution extended and amended the Help Preserve Open Spaces (HPOS) sales tax Initiative

If approved by voters in November, the Help Preserve Open Spaces sales and use tax of quarter-cent will extend for 25 years beginning January 1, 2019 when the current sales and use tax sunsets. The amended issue changes city/county revenue splits to an even 50-50. To date the County’s portion of the current tax has conserved about 33,000 acres in fee title and conservation easements, as well as 83 miles of trail.

The BOCC also certified a measure for November’s ballot for a county-wide sales and use tax to finance a new Animal Care and Control Facility. A citizens’ petition collected signatures to bring the measure forward. The new facility would be built on land owned by the Larimer Humane Society. The 0.1 percent sales and use tax begins January 1, 2015 and ends when the debt is paid or by December 31st, 2020. The current Larimer Humane Society shelter was built in 1974.

FCBR Takes Position on TOD Parking Standards

The FCBR BOD at its July meeting supported a number of positions in relation to the upcoming discussions of parking standards in the Transit Overlay District. While offering a great deal of support for most of the proposals FCBR will begin lobbying for the inclusion of offsets that would encourage affordable options for average wage earners in addition to low income housing. To learn more about this important issue please read on...

Free Household Hazardous Waste Event, Sept. 6

For those who missed the City's Household Waste collection event in May, there’s one more chance to get rid of your unwanted household hazardous waste on Saturday, Sept. 6 event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More info at fcgov.com/hazwaste.

Location: CSU's parking lot at the northwest corner of Lake Street and College Avenue on

August Housing Report: Housing Remains High & Tight

August Housing Report: New Listings were down 13.0 percent for single family homes but increased 15.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending sales clocked in at 320 for single family homes and 113 for townhouse-condo properties.The Median Sales Price was up 6.6 percent to $290,000 for single family homes and 13.9 percent to $181,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Months’ Supply of Inventory stood at 2.5 for single family units and 1.1 months for townhouse condo units.. Read on for more data, graphs and commentary

2014 Capitol Connections Legislative Recap

REALTORS® are hard at work every day promoting home ownership and protecting your interests at our State Capitol. With the 2014 legislative session adjourned, you can view a review of the critical issues that impacted the real estate industry. Featuring Scott Peterson, Esq., Counsel Realty Group, LLC ----- Rachel Nance, Principal, Lewis Roca Rothgerber ---- Ted Leighty, CAR Vice President of Public Policy

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