City of Boulder, CO

01/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 15:10

Heads Up - January 24, 2020

Dear City Council Members,

Here is some important information about Sales tax, Climate Mobilization Action Plan, Harbeck-Bergheim House and Library restrooms.

Sales Tax System Upgrade and Outage

The City of Boulder's new Tax and Revenue Management System will be going live on Feb. 10, 2020. This new system (Boulder Online Tax) will include an enhanced online filing portal with significant upgrades over the current system, including the ability to:

  1. View and print previously filed returns
  2. Manage account logins online, including the ability to manage access for third party tax preparers
  3. Change location and mailing addresses online
  4. Amend returns and request refunds online

Sales Tax and Business Licensing staff want to make customers aware of the following changes that may affect businesses:

  • In order to ensure that all existing data is converted to the new system as accurately as possible, online filing will be unavailable between Feb. 1 and Feb. 10, 2020. Taxpayers wishing to file January returns during this time may mail returns to PO Box 791, Boulder CO 80306-0791.
  • Beginning with the February 2020 tax period, the City of Boulder will no longer be mailing tax return forms.
    • Taxpayers will receive January returns in the mail with new account numbers and a Letter number which can be used to create a web logon on Boulder Online Tax. Taxpayers may still print out a return form and mail it with a payment if desired.
  • The Sales Tax and Business licensing division will be hosting drop-in clinics to assist taxpayers with creating a web logon and filing returns in Boulder Online Tax.

For a full schedule of clinic times and additional information on the new system, please visit: https://bouldercolorado.gov/tax-license/online-tax

For more information please contact Joel Wagner, Tax and Special Projects Manager, (303) 441-3871 or [email protected]

Update on the Climate Mobilization Action Plan

The City of Boulder has entered a new phase of climate action called the Climate Mobilization Action Plan (CMAP). In response to the climate emergency, the city has come to understand that local government cannot-and should not try to-achieve the level of change we seek alone.

This new phase of action will be community-centered and different from the city's past efforts, placing particular focus on diverse communities. Working together, the city and the community will re-evaluate targets, identify new, impactful strategies and take innovative approaches to support climate justice.

Since the September 2019 launch event, staff has worked to further define CMAP and continue building strong community relationships. Some specific actions have included:

  • Creating a dynamic and informative online landing space for the CMAP effort by partnering with Boulder.Earth. The website enables connection and collaboration on climate and social justice issues across the community.
  • Launching engagement opportunities on BeHeard Boulder to facilitate digital engagement; website content will reflect new engagement questions and opportunities as they arise.
  • Hosting two workshops: one on ways in which the community could transition to a more innovative, circular and efficient economic system, and the other to help community members participate in the 'Game of Extremes' to assess the impacts of the changing climate and develop strategies for action.
  • Participating in a four-month learning opportunity with Boulder county, the City of Longmont, the Just Transition Collaborative and Philanthropiece to better understand approaches that support equity-focused, community-driven climate planning.
  • Promoting Jonathan Koehn to a position as Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer to appropriately resource this work.

Upcoming CMAP Events

As our community works to broaden understanding of how individual and collective actions support broader systems change, these events will provide a foundation for shared learning. The city is hosting some events, while community organizations have planned others.

Saturday, Jan. 25: Mayor's Conversation on Climate Change and Local Clean Energy
Lead Sponsor: Clean Energy Action

Saturday, Feb. 1: Youth Summit on Climate
Lead Sponsor: City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Advisory Board

Thursday, Feb. 6: New Voices for Climate Justice
Lead Sponsor: KGNU and Flows

Monday, Feb. 24: Community Conversation: What is a Climate Justice Plan?
Lead Sponsors: Boulder County and the City of Boulder
Details: What is a climate justice plan? How does it differ from the more traditional climate planning that has occurred locally? What will it take to get there? Hear from staff and community representatives on the climate justice team from Providence, RI about their process and the very different outcome they achieved.

There are more events planned for the spring, including a Net Zero Cities Conference (March 5) and the 35th Annual Beyond Pesticides conference (April 17 and 18). Staff will use future Heads Ups to keep council informed on the CMAP events calendar.

Engagement Scrapbook

Finally, the city is committed to ensuring that CMAP engagement is transparent and inclusive. To that end, the staff has created an engagement scrapbook to collect and share input from each engagement event. Staff will update it as the CMAP process unfolds. We recommend it as a resource for anyone who wishes to follow the community's learnings and progress.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Koehn, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, 303-441-1915 or [email protected].

Women's Wilderness Institute identified as preferred tenant for Harbeck-Bergheim House

In April 2018, Parks and Recreation Department staff undertook a planning process to consider future options for the designated historic landmarked Harbeck-Bergheim property, located at 1206 Euclid Ave., after the existing tenant relocated. The city conducted a year-long public engagement process, which resulted in the offer of the house for lease. Through this process, the community defined a set of values to determine how the proposals would be evaluated as well as incorporating key themes identified in the Boulder Parks and Recreation Master Plan into evaluation criteria.

Resulting from a competitive process, a proposed public-private partnership has been developed with the preferred tenant, Women's Wilderness Institute, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization. The parties have negotiated in good faith and propose a lease, which will be presented as a Discussion Item for Parks & Recreation Advisory Board consideration during their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 27, 2020.

Women's Wilderness, established in 1998, supports girls, women and the LGBTQ+ people in accessing their power and improving their health through connections to the outdoors and community. Since its inception, the organization has served over 6,500 community members and, through the support of donors, awarded over $400,000 in financial aid supporting inclusive programming in the community.

The proposed agreement:

  • Enhances the city's ability to ensure the long-term care and preservation of the home;
  • Provides public access and allows community beneficial opportunities for use and subleasing to community-serving organizations;
  • Considers and supports tenancy respecting neighborhood compatibility considerations; and
  • Aligns with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan direction concerning community-building partnerships, and the financial sustainability of the department's facilities and programs.

The posted packet agenda item, 'Discussion - Harbeck-Bergheim House Lease (2020-2023) ' includes information regarding the competitive process and proposal analysis, proposed lease agreement terms, a summary of identified community values and Master Plan alignment, and a draft Declaration of Use codifying the City's intentions related to protection of the home's interior character-defining features identified during earlier phases of the project.

Based on PRAB feedback, lease agreement terms will be finalized and presented as an Action Item to PRAB in February with scheduled Council consideration On Consent in late February or early March. Council is encouraged to review the department's information on this matter in the Jan. 27, 2020, PRAB Packet.

Questions concerning this item should be forwarded to Yvette Bowden, Director of Parks and Recreation, at (303)413-7215 or [email protected].

Main Library opens renovated, all-gender restrooms

The Main Boulder Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 24 to recognize the completion of restroom renovations.

The new changes allow patrons to use their choice of restrooms with both gender-specific and all-gender options available. The restrooms have improved accessibility, functionality and are ADA compliant. The restrooms are intended to be safe and welcoming to any person, including caregivers and people with disabilities.

Regards,
Jane