Jeffco All Inclusive Ballot – have you see it ?

Here is a copy of the Jeffco All Inclusive Ballot for you to pre-read.




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My bio – vote yes on Apex issue A

jim whitfield. Colorado SDA secretaryHi, I’m Jim Whitfield . Born in Denver, I’m a 2nd generation Colorado native.  We moved from 26th and Harlan to Arvada in 1965.  I attended Lawrence Elementary with Lorraine Anderson’s son Kurt and Elizabeth Chambers.   I then went to Arvada Junior High (National Junior Honor Society) and Arvada High School (National Honor Society), class of  ’81.   I played sousaphone and standing string bass in the Arvada Youth Symphony Orchestra and also was a member of the Colorado 1981 ODP soccer team. My father managed telecommunications service delivery for Mountain Bell in Northern Colorado including the Rocky Flats plant.
I learned to swim at the old North Jeffco pool and ice skate at the old ice arena.   I played little league football for Ed Stevens with Mike Downing and little league basketball with Casey Brown and Barry Remington.   I learned to play tennis and golf through the programming offered by the North Jeffco Park and Recreation District.   In 1969 soccer was introduced to Arvada and I played for Stanley Allison with Tony May from age 6 to age 12.  As a teenager I laid sod and mowed parks for the North Jeffco Park and Recreation District while attending college.   I attended the same church with Vesta Miller and sang in the youth choir and helped count offering from the first service with my mom.  I served on the Denver region youth council of ministries when I was 12 .  My mom volunteered to count money and helped with the Bonfils blood drive for over 30 years.   She showed  us how and why to give back to the community to make it a better place for all.
I then attended the Colorado School of Mines on a soccer/academic scholarship and graduated in 4 years in 1985 with a degree in Engineering Mathematics and a minor in Geophysics.  I earned my Master’s of Science in Geophysics (specializing in AVO and the Zeoppritz equation) at the University of Houston in 1993 while working full time at British Petroleum (BP).   My thesis is in the library of Congress if you would like to read it.  In 1994 I was a mid-fielder on the Houston Rangers Amateur soccer team that played in both the US amateur and US Open Soccer championships.    I moved my family back in 2001 to help run the family business.  Last year I played on the Denver Kickers Masters soccer team that earned the first Colorado O40 state championship trophy.
I have a wonderful and supporting wife and two boys (now young men) that are or will be attending college in the fall of 2016.
So as an elected official.  I  can only hope the integrity of my background will help convince you to vote yes on A  (
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Apex 2016 Ballot Issue A – Description of the projects

jim whitfield. Colorado SDA secretaryHere is a link to detailed presentation of the projects that will be completed if Ballot Issue A passes:Apex-2016-ballot-issue-A-projects

These projects were presented to Arvada City Council on February 5th.   Here is a link to the video presentation:

We would greatly appreciate your YES vote on this issue.


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Here is the ballot language (ballot issue A) for the Apex PRD Bond Renewal

jim whitfield.  Colorado SDA secretaryGiven the restrictions this is as close as we can get to simply asking if APEX can renew or extend the bond(s) that built the Apex Center.   Apex Park and Recreation Ballot issue A

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Apex Renewal for All – Election update

We hajim whitfield.  Colorado SDA secretaryve kicked off the election campaign.   Here is the two page brochure reviewing the projects:   Apex-PRD-2016-Projects        The Apex Renewal for All “ARFA” campaign committee is seeking donations to help cover the costs of yard signs and other election material required for a winning effort.      This election is a renewal of the bonds that built the Apex Recreation Center.   There is no increase.

These projects will touch the lives of millions of people.  From the very young in age to the very young at heart.

Please contact me if you would like to contribute monetarily or by effort to help us this Spring.

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Jim Whitfield – Apex Board Member and ARFA campaign committee member



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Governor Hickenlooper signs HB-1348 into law…..

It was a great team effort.   Some have been working to see Urban Renewal (URA) Tax Incentive Finance  (TIF) for nearly two decades.   I was only a bit player for about two of them.     County, School, and Special District Government were able to craft legislation that was approved by a split Colorado Congress and ultimately signed into law last Friday by Governor Hickenlooper.   More …..

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RTD – Gold Line – Ward Street Station Renderings

Here are some renderings of the future Ward Street station.   More about this station can be obtained from Scott Brink:

Station RenderingWard Street Station and current ROW


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Arvada Food Bank Golf Fundraiser Flyer

Please reference the link below to access the entry form for the 1st Annual Arvada Food Bank Golf Fundraiser.


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SDA Legistlative update – HB-1348

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SDA Legislative Action Alert:
Call to action – TIF legislation in the current legislative session

SUPPORT – HB 15-1348 – Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act.

HB15-1348 – Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act passed on 3d Reading in the House. The vote was 44 Yes, 18 No and 2 Excused and 1 not voting due to a conflict of interest. THANK YOU for your tremendous outreach and support. Our success is due to YOUR efforts! Thank you again. The bill is now in the Senate Finance Committee and we are waiting for the bill to be scheduled to be heard. With 6 days remaining in the legislative session the bill could be calendared with very little notice to the public.

We are requesting SDA members to contact their senators and ask them to Vote For HB 1348! The time to act is now! Your voice counts, so please make it heard. We are asking you to email or call your Senator and ask them toVote For HB 1348 – Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act. If you need assistance finding out who represents you at the Colorado State Capitol please visit

If you live in the district of a Finance Committee member, it is especially important that the committee hear from you ASAP.

A listing and contact information for the Senate Finance Committee follows:

OPPOSE – HB 15-135 – Public Bodies and Urban Renewal

On April 20 on Second Reading in the Senate, SB 15-135 – Public Bodies and Urban Renewal (CML’s URA bill) was amended and passed. The bill awaits final action in the Senate on 3rd Reading. The amendments to the bill do not solve our need for important reform of the URA process. Please ask your senator to Vote No on SB 15-135 – Public Bodies and Urban Renewal.

Here are important points to consider.

As amended, SB 15-135:

  • Allows special districts, counties, and school districts to be in local negotiations at the front end of a URA, but provides no relief if the city refuses to enter into an agreement;
  • Does not provide a seat at the URA table for elected special district or school board members to be accountable to their taxpayers;
  • Does not require cities to invest their own sales tax revenues into their urban renewal projects; and
  • If counties are unable to reach an agreement on cost sharing they can force binding arbitration. However, if special districts and school boards are unable to reach agreement on cost sharing, they can be completely ignored while their entire property tax increment is taken by the URA.

SB 15-135 does not solve the much needed reform to the URA process.

SB 15-284 – Voter Approval TIF Payments Ag Land.

Finally, as an FYI, SB 15-284 was introduced late yesterday afternoon in the Senate has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill does not address our need for reform either. The bill is directed at the issues surrounding the Gaylord Hotel project around Denver International Airport. Since the bill is so new, we have not had enough time to develop a position; should that change in the coming days we will alert our members as soon as possible.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are able to connect with your state senator.


Ann Terry
Executive Director


Michael A. Valdez
Director of Policy

225 East 16th Avenue Suite 1000
Denver, CO 80203
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Colorado House Bill 15-1348

jim whitfield.  Colorado SDA secretaryThis bi-partisan supported bill  offers County, School District,  and Special District government some representation on Urban Renewal Projects when their tax revenues are potentially affected.   I support this legislation and encourage you to contact your state representatives to support it as well.

Colorado House Bill 15-1348.01

Jim Whitfield Secretary – Colorado SDA (

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