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September 9, 2023PDF of this Topic
Keystone Voters Decided in March
Keystone IS Becoming an Incorporated Town in Colorado
The only choice is WHETHER it will be
A Home Rule Town with Autonomy and Flexibility
A Statutory Town Which Must Follow State Legislature Dictated Statutes
Approving the Charter Makes Keystone a Home Rule Town
March 20, 2023
If the Incorporation Election is successful, the Town of Keystone will not be formally incorporated until December 2023
The Town of Keystone won’t be fully operational until January 2025. This transition year is provided by state law to allow the Town Council to accomplish a number of tasks. A one-year transition period begins after Colorado Secretary of State Approval
Some of the tasks which the Town must accomplish in the transition year:
The one-year transition period will be challenging. There will be unanticipated issues which will occur which the Town Manager, Town Staff, and Town Council will manage. It will be a period of high activity.
While it will be challenging, in the past 20 years, Town Incorporation transitions were successfully completed by Castle Pines and Centennial. It will be successful in Keystone.
DROP Ballots in the Keystone Center by 7:00pm on March 28th
VOTER SERVICE CENTER is in the Keystone Center at 1628 Sts John Road in Keystone.
It is open Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and on March 28, 2023 from 7am to 7pm
For those not in town - Mail ballots IMMEDIATELY
March 13, 2023
The Keystone Incorporation Election on March 28th is the first of three elections which is required for Keystone to become a Town in Colorado. The entire process should be completed by the end of this year.
The Keystone Election Commission has mailed ballots to all Keystone Active Registered Voters
If the vote is to Incorporate and form a Charter Commission, the Charter Commission will meet and draft the Town Home Rule Charter
The Election Commission will:
If the Home Rule Charter is approved by a majority of those who voted in the Election
At the conclusion of the Town Council Election, the results are filed with the District Court, and notification is made to the Colorado Secretary of State which approves the incorporation of the Town of Keystone. This is expected to occur in December 2023.
Drop Ballots at the Keystone Center by 7:00pm on March 28th
The VOTER SERVICE CENTER is in the Keystone Center at 1628 Sts John Road in Keystone.
It is open Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and on March 28, 2023 from 7am to 7pm
…For those not in town - Mail Ballots IMMEDIATELY
March 6, 2023
Becoming a Home Rule Town (versus a State Statutory Town) would give Keystone’s Citizens control over the town government and the ability to shape solutions for local problems to fit Keystone’s needs.
A Home Rule Town’s government is under control of local citizens rather than the State. The Town’s power and authority are derived from the Town’s Charter and Ordinances and generally are not limited by State Statute. Home Rule would allow the Town of Keystone flexibility to:
The towns of Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge are Home Rule Towns. Making Keystone a Home Rule Town would place it on equal footing with our Neighbors. Keystone would have more authority to shape solutions to town problems than Summit County currently has under State Statute.
Becoming a Home Rule Town would give Keystone’s Citizens control over the town government and the ability to shape solutions for local problems to fit Keystone’s needs.
Charter Commission Candidates and their Bios: Charter Commission Candidates
February 27. 2023
The Keystone Incorporation Initiative was born out of years of frustration over unmet needs, inequitable returns on our taxes, and indiscriminate, county-imposed policies that don’t benefit Keystone.
Currently Keystone is paying substantially more in taxes ($9.5 million) than we are receiving in benefits (about $85,000 plus law enforcement): taxation without representation. Nothing will change in Keystone unless we become a town. Keystone is represented by Summit County government, that has neither the time, nor the resources, to address the needs of the Keystone community.
Many of the issues that have been brought up over the years are:
Immediate benefits of incorporation:
Keystone Can Incorporate without Raising Taxes. If Keystone Incorporates over $5 million would go to the town instead of Summit County. This allows Keystone to Incorporate, maintain services at current levels, and have an annual surplus of over $1.6 million to address unmet Keystone needs, without raising taxes.
Becoming a town provides a path for Keystone’s Future: A World-Class, Family Friendly Community!
February 20, 2023
The Keystone population is evenly divided across the community. No group or area in Keystone will have an outsized influence on the town government and the town’s future. There is a perception that one group of voters or an area in Keystone will have an outsized influence on the town government and the town’s future. This is not true. No group or area in Keystone would have an outsized influence.
Here are the facts: Based on the December 13, 2022, Summit County provided registered voter list:
Bottom Line: At present, Decisions are being made FOR Keystone, not BY the People of Keystone. Becoming a Town would give everyone in Keystone a voice in Keystone’s future.
February 13, 2023
Will Incorporation create an unnecessary layer of government? Answer: NO
County government is not set up to respond to our needs. The Town of Keystone would replace the current layer of government provided by Summit County. Keystone would have the same autonomy that exists in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne Dillon, and Blue River. Keystone would:
February 6, 2023
Keystone was founded as and remains primarily a Resort Community whose viability is built and dependent on short term rentals. Keystone has 40% of the short-term rentals in unincorporated Summit County with approximately 2,000 short term rental licenses. Revenue from the sales tax on short term rentals would be vital to the new town.
Regulating Short Term Rentals
In recent years, the County and neighboring communities have consistently moved to restrict and regulate Short Term Rentals. These policies have upset community members, property owners, and jeopardized property values and earning potential.
Increasing available, affordable Workforce Housing is cited as the reason other communities have sought to regulate Short Term Rentals.
Incorporating would allow Keystone to keep an additional $1 million per year to invest in lowering Keystone workforce housing costs and increasing the availability of workforce housing and childcare in the Keystone community.
For more Information go to: Link to All General Information
January 30, 2023
There is a perception that property taxes will either immediately or eventually increase once Keystone incorporates. If we incorporate, only a vote by registered voters in Keystone could raise taxes. Currently, Keystone taxpayers are at the mercy of voters in ALL of Unincorporated Summit County, which imposes taxes on unincorporated areas of Summit County, including Keystone.
Keystone, as a resort community with a large sales tax base and thousands of rental units, is in a unique financial position in that Keystone has existing sources of revenue BEFORE it would ever look to implement a property tax.
Funding Town Operations
Funding Future Financial Needs & Growth
Concerns have mentioned that once incorporated, there will be needs for additional revenue to fund projects the town wants to implement. The benefit of incorporation is that we will have a means to finally get some potential needs funded. Funding could come from a lodging tax and a lift ticket tax.
Lift Ticket Tax
For further information:
To review the Incorporation Feasibility Study: