Douglas County residents to vote on open space tax, broadband


Voters in Douglas County will get to decide in the fall whether the county should extend its open space sales and use tax for another 15 years and whether it can pursue building its own broadband network.

The board of county commissioners referred both issues to the November ballot on Tuesday.

The 0.17% open space tax extension would kick in on Jan. 1, 2024, and run until Jan. 1, 2039. It would be the continuation of a tax voters first put into effect in 1998. If it is voted down, the current open space sales tax would lapse on the final day of 2023.


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