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What can a half penny do for our county's future?

On August 27, 2019, the Larimer County Commissioners voted unanimously to place a half penny sales tax on the November Ballot.  If approved by voters the proceeds from this tax will pay for regional transportation projects and facilities upgrades to address human services, veterans services and criminal justice needs.

Overview of the Half Penny Sales Tax

This section provides more information about the transportation infrastructure and transit that would be funded by this proposed tax.

Infrastructure Funding Strategies Technical Report

Background and Purpose

Larimer County’s 2017 Transportation Master Plan identified a funding deficit of $12 million per year over the next 20+ years. Larimer County's population is also continuing to grow and county residents are highly mobile. Recognizing that many of the municipalities within Larimer County are also experiencing transportation funding shortfalls; Larimer County spearheaded an effort to collaborate with the local communities and key stakeholders within the County to develop Transportation Infrastructure Funding Strategies. The purpose of the effort is to identify additional funding options for regional transportation improvements in Larimer County.

Population Growth 

Community Workflow

Process Overview

The effort, which kicked off in April 2018, was guided by two committees. The Regional Task Force (RTF) includes elected officials from the County and each local municipality, as well as representatives from CDOT, Colorado State University, and other business and civic organizations. The RTF met four times in 2018 and offered guidance during the strategy development. TAC members were invited to the RTF meetings.

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) composed of staff members from the County, CDOT, and each local municipality met seven times and provided data and technical oversight and made recommendations for consideration by the RTF. The methodology described herein was developed collaboratively by the TAC with input and concurrence from the RTF. Meeting summaries were developed after each meeting and distributed to the RTF and/or TAC members.


Regional Task Force Members

Berthoud Chamber of Commerce Loveland Chamber of Commerce
City of Fort Collins North Front Range MPO
City of Loveland Red Feather Lakes PAC
Colorado Department of Transportation Town of Berthoud
Colorado State University Town of Estes Park
Commercial Real Estates Brokers Town of Johnstown
Estes Park Economic Development Group Town of Timnath
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Town of Wellington
LaPorte Area PAC Town of Windsor
Larimer County Visit Estes Park
Larimer County 101 Wellington Chamber of Commerce



TAC Members


Goals and Objectives

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Regional Task Force (RTF) agreed on three goals and supporting objectives for the Larimer County Transportation Infrastructure Funding Strategies effort.

Goals and Objectives




Projects and Priorities


Transportation infrastructure projects include design and construction of permanent capital projects that would improve regional travel within Larimer County. Projects may be located on State Highways, county roads, or municipal streets, and projects must:

  • Be in an adopted plan
  • Relate to a roadway with a functional classification of arterial or higher
  • Have a demonstrated current transportation need
  • Carry a significant volume of regional trips
  • Meet a minimum size threshold of $1 million

Eligible roadway project types include:

  • Roadway expansion projects (major/minor widening, shoulders, paving a gravel road)
  • Roadway safety improvement projects
  • Complete streets projects (projects related and proximate to a street that improve mobility and safety for all travel modes including bicycle, pedestrian and transit)
  • Intersection/interchange improvement projects
  • Bridge improvement projects
  • Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects that produce measurable mobility benefits (e.g., corridor signal coordination)

Ineligible roadway project types include:

  • Operations 
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Trail projects (outside of the street alignment)
  • Roadway maintenance or reconstruction projects

Eligible Project List

Larimer County, CDOT, and the eight municipalities submitted 43 eligible projects totaling $547M in funding needs. Agencies were asked to complete a project submittal form for projects that meet the regional project eligibility requirements. Projects include roadway expansion, interchange construction, bridge reconstruction, grade-separated trail and roadway crossings, complete street upgrades, safety enhancements, and intersection improvements. The eligible project list and the projects are depicted in the following table and figure. . There were a few instances where entities identified similar project needs or segments. In such cases, more than one submitting agency is shown.

Eligible Project List

Map of Regional Transportation Infrastructure Projects

One-page overviews of each of the 43 regional transportation infrastructure projects are available below.  The projects are ordered by Project ID.

One Page Project Summaries


Recognizing that fully funding the regional project needs in Larimer County is unlikely, a project prioritization methodology was needed to identify the projects that are most critical to regional travel in Larimer County, reflect the local agencies’ priorities, and will address existing transportation problems that are visible to the public.

Evaluation Methodology

The methodology for evaluating and prioritizing projects was developed collaboratively during several meetings with the TAC. The RTF discussed, refined, and concurred with the evaluation methodology as recommended by the TAC. The project evaluation methodology involves a three-step process, as described below.

Step 1 Project Prioritization


Performance Metrics

Revenue Population Equity


Project Prioritization Results

The project prioritization results are shown below.

The following document summarizes the funding details of the infrastructure and transit funding portions of the Half Penny sales tax and administration and governance.

Funding Proposal


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