Denver voters on Tuesday unleashed a decade of roadwork and improvement projects at libraries, parks, city buildings, and health and cultural facilities with their resounding support of the city’s $937 million bond package.
The city’s largest-ever bond program — and the first sent to voters in a decade — was passing strongly. Support for each of seven ballot questions ranged from nearly 66 percent to 73 percent as of 11:30 p.m., with the highest margin for the transportation package. The Denver Elections Division still was processing tens of thousands of ballots that came in on Election Day but said the results so far likely reflected the majority of votes. 2017 Results Denver Bond Issues
In a low-turnout election, voters delivered a big victory to Mayor Michael Hancock and other city leaders who took a gamble by proposing the high-price tag project list.
Hancock said during an election night party downtown that the results made for “a very special night in the life of our city.” It was the culmination of a monthslong community committee process that whittled down 4,000 suggestions from the public before Hancock and the City Council finalized the list. The bond package was split into Referred Questions 2A through 2G on the Denver ballot. The watch party was put on by Our Denver, the campaign to support the bond package. As approved, the package covers about 460 repair and improvement projects.
“This vote matters,” said Katie McKenna, a Globeville resident who works for Habitat for Humanity and served on the transportation and mobility bond subcommittee. “These bond projects are shaping our future. The projects in this bond package will touch every single neighborhood in Denver.”
She was joined onstage by Hancock and several council members at a small gathering in the Donald Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex that was sponsored by the Our Denver pro-bond campaign committee.
“Time and time again,” Hancock said to applause, “Denver residents have stepped up to make the smart investments necessary to keep this great city of ours moving forward, to maintain our quality of life and to help us manage change in a way that reflects our values, supports our neighborhoods and uplifts our people with new opportunities to build their lives and to build their futures.
The next decade will bring the repaving of 287 extra miles of streets and the repair or replacement of nine bridges, officials say. The city plans to construct 33 miles of sidewalks, 17 miles of protected bike lanes and 32 miles of neighborhood bikeways, along with kicking off the East Colfax Avenue bus rapid transit project.