Broomfield Kicks Off Pride Month Celebration With Raising of Inclusivity Flag

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On Thursday morning, Broomfield officials kicked off the city’s month-long Pride celebration at city hall.

City leaders held a brief ceremony before raising an inclusivity flag.

“It’s a celebration of freedom to pursue a happy life according to one’s own terms, embracing our diversity, and in an affirming way, actually saves lives,” Broomfield Mayor Guyleen Castriotta said.

Castriotta, the first openly LGBTQ+ mayor of Broomfield, said the city first designated June as Pride month four years ago, but this year feels different.

“In case you haven’t been following the harmful and discriminatory legislation being passed around the country, the LGBTQ community is being targeted in almost every state,” Castriotta said. “And this legislative session alone, 490 bills were introduced or passed to strip the equality and freedom away from members of the LGBT community.”

Broomfield resident Katie Ragsdale said legislation passing in other states inspired her to take part in this years Pride kickoff event in Broomfield.

“I have my son, Ozzie, my husband, Ben and our daughter, Louise with me…my husband and I are originally from Arkansas, which is a great place, but it’s kind of a bummer to see the news and the way the legislation is leaning in those places. So it felt kind of important to come and ensure support for things that we believe in and are important to us,” Ragsdale said.

Castriotta said she hopes Broomfield’s Pride celebrations inspire residents to get to know their neighbors.

“My hope is that more people in our community that had been living in the shadows come out and meet the other folks in the community. The first time we had our Pride fest two years ago, I was overwhelmed with the amount of people that I didn’t even know lived here. It was same-sex parents. It was parents of trans kids, and they made an effort to come speak to me and my wife and and say, ‘Look, you can be whoever you want to be. She’s the mayor. She’s important. She has a wife,’” Castriotta said.

Broomfield will also hold a Pride parade on Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. followed by a celebration at Midway Park.

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City Leaders Remain Opposed to Colorado Land Use Bill Even After Amendments

Proposed amendment would create ‘housing-forward community’ exemption.

Even as lawmakers work to modify a sweeping bill concerning land use in the state to assuage concerns about its reach, city leaders remain opposed to the legislation’s premise.

Senate Bill 23-213, championed by Gov. Jared Polis as a major legislative priority, is a multifaceted proposal to reform Colorado’s zoning codes to promote density and encourage housing production. As introduced, it would have required large cities in the state to upzone land that currently allows single-family homes, a provision that drew intense opposition from mayors and local leaders across the state who argued it usurped local control.

The bill was heavily amended Tuesday to roll back that preemption, among other changes. Cities would only need to allow multiplexes and middle housing options on 30% of the land currently zoned for single-family homes, prioritizing transit corridors.

It might not be enough, however, to win over city support.

“I feel the same way I felt before,” said Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter.

While city leaders generally agree on the bill’s goal — to increase housing, especially affordable units — they take issue with the preemptions it intends to set on land use and zoning decisions historically made at the local level. The amendments keep that intact.

“Fundamentally, the premise and principle of the bill has not changed. It is still an overreach and it is still taking away home rule authority from local municipalities,” Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said. “It is still taking land use decisions that have been part of local control for over 100 years and putting them in the hands of the state.”

Centennial is one of over 50 municipalities to oppose SB-213.

In some ways, Piko said, the amendments make the problem worse, since it could “pit the 70% of my city against the 30% of the city that has to have duplexes.” She worries about how the city, which is made up of mostly single-family neighborhoods, would choose which areas to upzone.

The amendment encourages the rezoning to allow multiplexes to be developed along transit corridors.

Support for a statewide housing assessment

Amy Phillips, the mayor of Avon in Eagle County, said she wants to see a statewide housing needs assessment completed before overarching state mandates are considered. Many mayors also said they would like to see an assessment before larger legislation. That’s essentially what Republican Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer suggested a rejected amendment on Tuesday.

Phillips said that amendment would have addressed a lot of her concerns, as well as what she has heard from other ski towns in the state.

“The housing needs assessment needs to be the first step. How can you overlay legislation when you don’t even know what you need?” she said. “The cart is planted firmly in front of the horse right now. It needs to be a bottom-up approach with communities providing valuable input that can then be analyzed and structured into a statewide housing needs plan.”

Under the bill, cities would need to analyze their housing stock and create plans every five years to address shortages.

“In my opinion, there’s no place for this bill at all. The only thing the state should be doing is convening a housing study,” Piko said.

Desire for more city exemptions

Another major amendment to the bill shifted zoning requirements for rural resort job centers. They wouldn’t be required to allow multi-family housing or accessory dwelling units like Front Range cities, but they would need to pick from a list of affordability strategies.

“I’m glad they did that,” said Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula. “I still have concerns about the legislation as drafted and I’m hoping for some more amendments, in particular around the affordability pieces and around (the Department of Local Affairs) role.”

Mamula said that increased density without affordability guardrails, so that new units would go to workers and not people seeking vacation homes, could be “catastrophic” for cities like Breckenridge.

“I do value that (Polis) has decided that this is an important thing for the state. Housing is a critical need in the state. Where we get a little sideways … is that the one-size fits all approach just doesn’t work,” Mamula said.

Broomfield Mayor Guyleen Castriotta said she would like to see an amendment similar to that carve-out for rural resort towns for so-called “housing-forward communities” that are already working towards increasing affordable housing stock. A drafted amendment shared with Colorado Newsline would add a new category of municipality that meets or exceeds the bill’s housing requirements.

Housing-forward communities would need to have a housing unit growth rate equal to or greater than the statewide rate, have two-thirds of their new residential permits over three years be for middle housing and have a certain number of affordability measures in place, among other characteristics.

“We’re asking for that same approach (as the rural resort job center amendment) to incentivize and support communities, as opposed to using the hammer,” Castriotta said. She called the stake-holding process before the bill was introduced disingenuous and exclusionary of local governments.

“If there are bad actors who aren’t doing enough, go after them,” she said. “But what (they’re) doing to communities like Broomfield, who have been housing-forward for years, is disincentivizing and won’t make things happen quicker.”

Mayors are also concerned about water availability. Under an amendment, local governments would need to notify the state of their need for an extension or exemption from some requirements if they have water limitations. Phillips said that helps.

She questions, however, what could happen if more water gets diverted to supply increased Front Range development.

“It could end up harming those of us in the high country,” she said.

Other leaders agree that the bill needs to go further on that water concern.

“The legislation also doesn’t do nearly enough to address water availability. In Thornton, we have developments for affordable and attainable housing that we can’t let move forward because we don’t have the water to provide these developments,” Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann wrote in an email.

The current amended version of SB-213 will likely not be the final product, as sponsor Senate Majority Leader Dominick Moreno and other legislators have promised more changes if and when it makes it to the Senate floor. It was scheduled to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee Friday but was delayed.

The leader of the opposition of the bill, Colorado Municipal League Executive Director Kevin Bommer, is unhappy with the amended version. The organization worked with Kirkmeyer on her amendment.

“I’m hoping that proponents will come to their senses and realize that if they actually want to help affect the pace of development of affordable housing, we’re better working together than in an adversarial way. So far, no one’s listening,” he said. “The clock is ticking to get it right. If they can’t, a dead bill is better than a flawed bill.”

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Broomfield Mayor Gives State of the City Address at Annual Chamber Meeting

Broomfield Mayor Guyleen Castriotta presents her state of the city address during the Thursday, Feb. 2 Broomfield Area Chamber annual meeting at Roots. 

With this continuing growth, Castriotta highlighted some of the city’s main focuses from the past year that will continue into 2023, such as income-aligned housing, economic vitality, sustainability, public health, and diversity, equity, access and inclusion.

2022 saw the launch of the Broomfield Housing Alliance, which Castriotta said is “already successful” by providing $3 million in startup and project funding. The Crosswinds and Northwest Apartments housing developments received critical gap financing of $2.3 million, which will provide affordable and safe housing for nearly 200 families or as many as 400 employees for Broomfield businesses.

Enhance Broomfield, an economic vitality program, was awarded $325,000 in addition to the approximately $1.5 million in private funding last year that was used to assist businesses and organizations in their growth.

“​​These awards will create more than 25 direct jobs, and lead to increased sales and economic opportunity,” Castriotta said. “As an example, we are providing funds to grow child care opportunities – which improves family life and increases employment choices for parents.”

In the sustainability focus, the city has created a Solar Co-op with Solar United Neighbors to push residents to move to solar energy in the coming year. The city is also considering a Universal Collection Initiative “as a way to help further our aggressive waste diversion goals,” Castriotta said. She urged residents to visit the Broomfield Voice page on Universal Collection to provide comments and learn more.

The city is also launching a new resident-led Board of Health, which will begin working with the Public Health Director and department this spring. The city will also be tackling the opioid epidemic this year with the Broomfield Opioids Response Plan providing $201,000 to implement new strategies.

Castriotta highlighted three key points for looking ahead in the city and county.

“As we look ahead, we all know how critical financial sustainability and resiliency are, and that is what the City and County of Broomfield strive for as well,” Castriotta said. “It means maintaining our excellent bond rating, diversifying our tax base, and maintaining and building our reserve balance. As we talked about earlier, we have seen our population double over the last 10 years, but our infrastructure to support that community has not kept up. So, shoring up Broomfield’s infrastructure is a priority as well.”

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Broomfield Accepting Applications for New Board of Health

Broomfield is currently accepting applications for the first resident-led Board of Health.

The city and county is encouraging residents with public health experience to apply for five seats currently available.

“By Colorado statute, local public health agencies are required to have a Board of Health, whose responsibilities include approving the five-year public health improvement plan, developing and promoting policies for health and well-being and advising the public health director and the public health department,” according to a release from the city.

Broomfield’s City Council has served in this role until an ordinance was approved in October, which will transfer these responsibilities to a newly appointed Board of Health composed of Broomfield residents.

“Broomfield’s City Council has done a tremendous job serving the public health department and our community through complex public health issues and the COVID-19 pandemic, and we deeply thank them for their service,” said Jason Vahling, Director of Broomfield Public Health and Environment. “This is a very exciting and important step in our evolution as a public health department and as a community, and we are thrilled to work with the new Board of Health this spring.”

The city recommends applicants have expertise in medicine, nursing, health systems, environmental health, behavioral health, injury and disease prevention, health education, or something similar to apply.

“Having a diverse board is very important,” said Deb Federspiel, Deputy Director of Broomfield Public Health and Environment. “Our department, and the public health field as a whole, focuses on addressing health equity. We encourage individuals with lived experience or with strong ties to community organizations to apply.”

Applications are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 31. Anyone interested in joining the board must submit an application as well as a video-recorded interview, which councilmembers will review before appointing members to the new Board of Health in March.

“Council’s decision to move to a Board of Health that has professionals with public health expertise and experience will enhance our public health priorities in behavioral health, health equity and environmental health,” said Mayor Guyleen Castriotta.

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Guyleen Castriotta

To personalize my journey, it’s important to know where I started. My journey began in Louisiana, and I struggled on many fronts; being the first one in my family to go to college and fighting to become my authentic self. I knew I was different, that I thought differently than those around me, and that I felt different from what my family and community believed I should be, should think, and how I should feel.

I quickly realized that finding my own voice had to come first. Later along my leadership path, it would become clear that finding one’s voice is paramount to leadership – it all starts with an ability to lead yourself, before beginning to lead others.

In school, I learned from the voices of those who have tried, failed, and eventually accomplished great things. It was a degree in broadcast journalism of all things that I truly felt pulled to as a way to tell the stories of the oppressed and advocate for those without a voice. Too many times in our history the stories not told are the ones that matter most. For me, that’s when it clicked. From finding my voice and authentic self to finding a career to use my voice to make a difference for others who may also feel and think differently.

To me, being a good leader isn’t about glory or recognition but the end result of improving the lives of a lot, a little, or even one person. Mark Twain spoke the truest words in leadership…” It’s remarkable what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit”.

My career has taken me on many different paths I never thought possible because I was courageous enough to be uncomfortable and try something new. I found the courage that I never knew I had by doing things that terrified me, like running for office and taking risks. The rewards have most definitely been worth it!

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My wife Carolyn and I have been together for 13 years and we have cared for her 95-year old mother in our home since 2014.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
What led me to seek public office? In a word: Advocacy. Hearing the stories and challenges of so many during my career in the media, what resonated the most was seeing the power of sharing people’s stories, and how hearing those stories could result in action: from neighbors helping neighbors to communities adjusting policies. I care deeply about elevating the voices of our community to protect and improve our quality of life. With the fastest growing population in the state at 75,000 residents, it’s critical we represent all of those looking for a good value for their hard-earned tax dollars, a safe community to live in and raise a family, a place to feel they belong, and a place to feel at home. To do that it’s important that we take the time to listen actively, hear empathetically, and act accordingly on behalf of all residents in this community. If my role as Mayor can help ensure better access to local government and to give more people a seat at the table, I will have succeeded. When I first ran for City Council in 2017, there were moments of sheer terror and self-doubt. But you know what? It’s ok to be terrified and do it anyway. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something you believe in, seizing the next opportunity, and staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. It’s an endless journey of leadership development, with new opportunities to grow, learn, and serve along the way. Navigating the strange new world of local government was my greatest challenge yet and I still have so much to learn. By caring…and continuing to evolve into my best self as a servant leader, I’ve never been more gratified by a job that pays less than minimum wage. Being elected Mayor doesn’t come with a handbook or operating manual. To me, a good Mayor and leader, leads with integrity and honors their commitments. I try to be the representative that I would have wanted: responsive, inclusive, and accessible. While in my first “professional job” as a news producer I was never on TV… besides the credits that rolled at the end… seeing my words spoken by the trusted TV Anchors of the day carried weight with their credibility that showed me… once again.. how powerful a voice can be to impact real change. In the newsroom environment, I also learned quickly that each person, no matter their rank, had a voice worth hearing and a perspective worth considering. For that, I’m continuously reminded to take the time to ask, listen, and truly hear from as many sides and angles as possible. The very best work always comes from collaboration and inclusion.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
My favorite local restaurants include Vinca and Roots.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I moved to Broomfield in 2013 for a slower pace of life from the media industry in Southern California. We chose Broomfield because of the beautiful open spaces and multitude of City and County services for residents and seniors.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Former Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
The Lost Daughter, Inventing Anna, The Crown, Yellowstone

Q: What advice would you give to people?
We’ve all faced adversity. The pandemic took many things away from us, things we took for granted but now have a greater appreciation for. The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned. They say change is the only constant, and we have proven our ability to adapt, pivot, and overcome huge challenges. Every one of us is capable of doing hard things. We could all use a little more grace for ourselves and each other. I truly believe we were put on this earth to help one another through this great human experiment. I am a big believer in showing appreciation to others, especially our dedicated employees who are tirelessly serving our community with their heart and soul. Leading with courage, compassion and kindness is at the forefront of everything I do.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Great Scotts Eatery

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Ellie McKinley – She has lived in Broomfield a long time and I would love to hear her stories of how Broomfield came to be one of the most desirable places to live in the Denver Metro. We could go to Great Scott’s Eatery.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
What makes Broomfield feel like home to me is the friendliness and helpfulness of the community and how our neighbors all know one another and look out for each other.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I feel like I’m exactly where I am supposed to be and I love being Mayor of Broomfield. I care deeply about elevating the voices of our community to protect and improve our quality of life. With the fastest growing population in the state at 75,000 residents, it’s critical we represent all of those looking for a good value for their hard-earned tax dollars, a safe community to live in and raise a family, a place to feel they belong, and a place to feel at home. To do that it’s important that we take the time to listen actively, hear empathetically, and act accordingly on behalf of all residents in this community. If my role as Mayor can help ensure better access to local government and to give more people a seat at the table, I will have succeeded.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Back in the 90s, I applied to be a flight attendant and the airlines still had strict weight requirements for female flight attendants. The airline’s regulation stated that flight attendants must retain a ”firm, trim silhouette, free of bulges, rolls or paunches . . . for an alert, efficient image.” I starved myself for weeks to try and meet the weight requirements for my height but when I was weighed in at the interview – in front of all of the other applicants – I was told I would only be able to apply for a ground position. It was humiliating but also a sign… that I was meant to do something else.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
The views in Broomfield!

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My wife Carolyn.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Friendly, helpful neighbors.

Opinion: Colorado Won’t Reduce Its Hazardous Ozone Levels Voluntarily

The evidence is clear: It’s going to take laws and rules to make Front Range air safe to breathe again

Ozone pollution is a serious health hazard that is easily overlooked because you can’t smell it, see it, or taste it. However, ground-level ozone pollution is very real, and we experience hazardous levels far too often.

In fact, the northern Front Range has been downgraded to “severe” nonattainment — just one step away from the worst possible classification — because our state has not been successful in getting this dangerous lung irritant under control.

Despite the serious health impacts of breathing high ozone, most of  my constituents do not make that association and rarely realize that ozone may be the cause of their adverse health conditions. The risks are most severe for children, aging adults, and anyone with asthma or underlying breathing conditions.

As the Mayor of Broomfield, I believe a top priority is ensuring the health and safety of my constituents. Broomfield has implemented a state-of-the-art air quality monitoring program which measures toxic air pollutants including ozone. During the peak ozone pollution summer season, Broomfield’s monitoring stations captured ozone levels above the 70 parts per billion, 8-hour federal health standard on 15 separate days. Additionally, public health experts state that impacts can occur from repeated exposures as low as 60 parts per billion, and Broomfield had a whopping 68 days above this exposure level during this year.

On Dec. 16, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted an updated ozone State Implementation Plan, knowing full well that it will not effectively reduce ozone pollution across the North Front Range, or bring us into federal attainment. Commissioners voiced impatience with the pace at which the state’s Air Pollution Control Division is bringing concrete and meaningful proposals to the Commission to curb violations of the health-based federal standards. 

The good news is that the commission committed to taking another look at the State Implementation Plan in 2023. The commission decided that in 2023, stakeholders must meet to evaluate the most effective rules to effectively reduce unhealthy air pollution levels. While I share the commissioners’ frustration at the slow pace of addressing ozone pollution, I appreciate and applaud their decision to revisit and evaluate additional control measures in the new year.

If we are going to reduce ozone pollution to safe levels, we must decrease the pollutants that cause ozone to form, which include nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. While the No. 1 source of these ozone precursors remains pollution from the upstream oil and gas industry, other sources include midstream pipelines, tailpipe pollution from gas-powered vehicles, and gas-powered lawn equipment.

While we continue to wait for the process to play out, our air quality is getting worse and we continue to set pollution records. In this year’s State of the Air report from the American Lung Association, all counties in the Denver Metro North Front Range ozone nonattainment area received an “F” grade for overall air quality. Furthermore, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a record-setting 75 ozone action alert days for the Denver Metro region during this past summer ozone season.

If damaging lungs up and down the Front Range weren’t enough, ozone is also a potent greenhouse gas responsible for impacts on our climate. We are all too familiar with extreme weather events, hotter summers, aridification, and decreased snowpack. Red Flag days are a new reality as we must contend with the deadly combination of increased fire risk on high wind days, and the resulting smoke from these destructive fires that cloaks the Denver Metro region, which is likely to intensify if reducing climate changing pollution is not rapidly and effectively addressed.

Without further legislative action, or an effective plan for positive incentives that are guaranteed to reduce emissions in the near-term, ozone will continue to plague our region. Reducing pollution in the summer ozone season is most urgent.

The following actions, whether enacted through legislation or rulemaking, would drastically improve our air quality:

  • Requiring operators to pause the highest polluting activities like drilling, fracking, and flowback during the summer ozone season
  • Eliminating all routine venting and flaring from factories, as well as oil and gas drilling activities
  • Expanding the adoption of non-emitting pneumatic devices for existing oil & gas operations to ensure progress continues uninterrupted beyond the current May 2023 schedule
  • Ensuring the recently expanded Leak Detection And Repair program is being strictly adhered to
  • Moving swiftly toward electrification of all gasoline powered vehicles and lawn equipment.

Furthermore, it is critical to ensure that planned pollution reduction efforts are enforceable, equitable, and verifiable.

We know from experience that relying on voluntary compliance from polluting industries does not curb emissions. Therefore, we stand ready to work with our state legislators to take the next steps and ensure pollution is reduced to levels that are safe for all Coloradans to breathe clean air.

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Broomfield Solar Co-Op

Have you ever considered going solar? Solar energy is already at work for the City and County of Broomfield, offsetting on average 20% of the grid energy used at nine CCOB buildings. Going solar is a way to save money and support a more sustainable Broomfield.

CCOB teamed up with Solar United Neighbors to bring you the Broomfield Solar Co-op. A solar co-op is a way for homeowners and small business owners to learn about solar energy together and consider purchasing solar panels at a group rate from a single installer. This initiative was very popular and the co-op has already reached capacity; however, additional potential members will be placed on a waitlist and may be added to the co-op depending on contract commitment and installer availability. Waitlisted members will be eligible for certain benefits of the co-op including access to solar experts, a free roof review to determine if solar is a good fit for their homes and membership priority should the co-op reopen.

Advantages of Solar Energy

In 2016, the Broomfield City Council adopted the Broomfield Comprehensive Plan. Part of that plan for a sustainable future is to increase the amount of solar energy being used in Broomfield.

Solar energy is renewable meaning that, unlike fossil fuels, it is not a finite resource of which the world will run out. While solar panels are unlikely to power a home or business on their own, adding solar panels to your home will reduce your electricity bill by supplying you with your own energy source.

Why join a solar co-op?

There are a number of advantages to joining a solar co-op. Not only are you given resources to help understand solar, but you also receive information about solar energy from a non-profit organization familiar with solar providers in the region. Another great reason is getting a group discount on solar energy installation.

Learn more about joining today!

To find out more information, view a recording of the Solar 101 session, and to sign up for free, visit Solar United Neighbors.

To view answers to commonly asked questions, visit Solar FAQs.

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Broomfield City Council Approves Property Tax Refund Pilot Program

Broomfield City Council approved Tuesday a new pilot program that will provide partial property tax rebates to residents ages 65 and older, people with disabilities and eligible veterans.

The Broomfield Partial Property Tax Refund Pilot Program, which is set to run in the 2023 and 2024 tax years, will provide an average of $600 reimbursement each tax year, with a maximum annual cap of $1,000, said Sharon Tessier, housing programs manager with the city and county.

“Broomfield has become increasingly difficult to afford for many seniors, people with disabilities, veterans with disabilities — who both invested in, and made Broomfield their lifelong home,” Tessier told City Council. 

Broomfield’s housing division expects the tax rebates will help between 600 and 700 households, Tessier said.

“The cost of this program for the two years is $1 million, and that will come directly from the housing development operating fund,” she said. “Half will be distributed in year one — 2023, and the other half in year two — 2024.”

Mayor Pro Tem Stan Jezierski said it’s important for the pilot program to closely vet applicants.

“I’m concerned about potential abuse by those who may not really need this,” he told City Council. “They may have significant assets.”

Tessier assured Jezierski that the pilot program will ask applicants about their assets and income.

“On the application form, we will be asking residents to show all forms of income,” Tessier said. “Including retirement, pension, social security, alimony, et cetera, to ensure integrity of the program.”

The rebate amounts may change if a household benefits from Colorado’s Senior Homestead Tax Exemption program, which also allows a partial property tax reduction. 

To qualify for the pilot program, a resident must be:

  • Age 65 or older before Jan. 1, 2023, or a surviving spouse/partner of someone 65+ who previously qualified;
  • A senior veteran with a total disability rating of at least 80%;
  • A person with a disability who can document a disability rating of at least 80%; or
  • Someone who is retired because of a disability, or a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.

The pilot program organizers will work to get the word out and educate residents who may qualify, Tessier said.

“Part of our marketing is to ensure that we have senior services in place, so it’s kind of like they don’t have to go out of their way — if they’re already going to be at senior services,” she said. “We’ll have clinics to ensure that they can enroll.”

A property tax bill will be mailed to Broomfield residents in mid-January, and applications for the pilot program will open Feb. 2, Tessier said.

Councilmember William Lindstedt said he hopes the program will be extended beyond 2024.

“I think this will be a very popular and utilized program,” he said.

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Guyleen Castriotta Appointed to State Board of Health

Broomfield’s mayor will advise Colorado public health officials on the administration of policies.

Broomfield Mayor Guyleen Castriotta has been appointed to the State Board of Health, Gov. Jared Polis’ office announced Monday.

The board advises the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment “on all matters relating to public health and determines policies for the department to follow in administering and enforcing the public health laws of the state,” a news release from the governor’s office read.

Castriotta, who was elected mayor of Broomfield in November 2021, is known as an advocate for safety and health, particularly for underserved communities. 

“I am honored to represent the city and county of Broomfield and CD7 on the State Board of Health,” Castriotta said in a statement.

“I’ve been involved with Broomfield’s Health and Human Services Advisory Committee since I was first elected in 2017. Since that time, I’ve had the great privilege to help shape Broomfield’s mental health improvement plans as well as enact more protective policies to insure the environmental health and safety of our residents. I look forward to collaborating with the State’s public health leaders to help address these issues of statewide concern.” 

Castriotta has also served on the Broomfield Early Childhood Council, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the Mile High Flood District Board of Directors, the Open Space and Trails Committee and more than a dozen other committees and organizations.

The mayor is also a member of Broomfield’s 100 Women Who Care and the Women’s Guild for A Precious Child. She was also a team champion fundraiser for Broomfield FISH.

Castriotta’s term on the State Board of Health is set to expire March 1, 2026.

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