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Posted on: February 9, 2022

Arapahoe County Board outlines 2022 projects and priorities

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As the County moves full steam ahead with its 2022 agenda, the Board of County Commissioners has highlighted our 2021 accomplishments and set its objectives for 2022. Despite the many challenges the County has faced, our staff and elected officials have continued to provide the many essential services and executed the programs that sustain and improve the County’s quality of life. 

Among the highlights in 2021 were:

  • The passage of the ballot measure that permanently extends the Open Space Sales and Use Tax, which will enable us to maintain, expand and improve our range of Open Spaces assets and amenities. 
  • Set up the framework for the distribution of the federal relief funds the County received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This money will help us support vulnerable populations, area businesses and nonprofits while also partially replacing some County revenue that was lost due to the pandemic.
  • Staged a record-breaking County Fair in July that saw us break past attendance marks by more than 10,000 visitors. The County also hosted and produced multiple events and competitions as we began returning to in-person options.
  • Executed successful programs across all departments, including Aid to Agencies, Youth Awards, National Adoption Day, CSU Extension, the Registered Apprenticeship Program, and others. 
  • Began establishing regional partnerships around combatting homelessness; addiction, suicide and domestic violence prevention; and opioid settlement allocations. 
  • Successfully oversaw the 2021 Coordinated Election. 
  • Approved of the Transportation Master Plan and the Open Spaces Master Plan, both of which set comprehensive visions and goals for the respective departments well into the future. The respective departments have already begun executing many components of these long-term plans. 
  • Served about 20,000 more Human Service public assistance cases than in 2020. 
  • Helped more than 1,200 businesses stabilize and reopen safely via nearly $16.5 million in business support grants.
  • Helped jobseekers who use Arapahoe/Douglas Works! services earn $3,405 more in annual wages than the median income of all new hires in the region and placed 11,594 customers in employment.
  • Invested $9.3 million into the local workforce. 
  • Completed a property tax assessment year that resulted in the fewest disputed assessments that we’ve ever had. 
  • Created and expanded internal DEI efforts, particularly as they pertain to the Arapaho Tribe and the County’s official relationship with the Arapaho. 
  • Launched the early stages of the digitization of County services in certain departments, with an eye toward expanding these efforts over time. 
  • Worked with the state legislature on numerous initiatives that affect the County. 
  • Increased Board engagement with the community and other stakeholders. 

Arapahoe County’s 2022 to-do list is equally packed and already underway. Because of the way our property tax assessments work—they take place every odd year—the County should start to see the full budgetary effects the pandemic has had on its operations throughout 2022 and into 2023. 

In addition to continuing to work on the above items where applicable, among the County’s priorities this year are:

  • The continuing execution of the processes that will culminate with the establishment, this year, of a new health department to replace the Tri-County partnership; and the reframing of the 18th Judicial District, which will be completed by 2025 and will require a new DA to be elected in 2024. 
  • Completing the allocations of one-time federal ARPA funding. 
  • Refining and expanding our homelessness mitigation programs. 
  • Further implementing the Board’s Strategic Plan, including a focus on safety, health and welfare, and increased engagement with our communities and partners, including how to best address aging infrastructure. 
  • Overseeing the primary election in June and the general election in November. 
  • Managing the commissioner redistricting process, which will alter the borders of some commissioner districts and must be completed by September 2023. 
  • A continuation of the DEI efforts noted above. 
  • Advocating for the County’s interests at the state legislature. 
  • Determining how best to use the funds we’ll receive from last year’s opioid settlement. 
  • Improving community engagement across the board, in terms of quantity and quality. 

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