Denver City Council sends sales tax hike for parks to November ballot

Posted at 7:48 AM, Jul 17, 2018

DENVER – In November, voters in Denver will be asked whether to increase the local sales tax to boost funding for parks.

The Denver City Council on Monday voted 12-1 to approve the sales tax measure.

The proposal would raise the sales tax by .25 percent and would result in an additional $45.9 million a year for Denver Parks and Recreation.

City officials hope that extra funding will help cut down on a $127 million backlog on maintenance projects at parks across Denver.

Denver already spends about $72.8 million on parks and has 250 urban parks to maintain.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.