You probably haven't heard of them, but the Flood Control District (Urban Drainage and Flood Control District) is an organization that was established in 1969 after the South Platte River flooded much of Denver. Denver’s rivers represented an unchecked flood risk and were also quite polluted.
The Flood Control District was created by the State and covers the seven-county metro region of Denver: Denver County, Jefferson County, Broomfield County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County. For funding, they were given one mill (a tax rate associated with assessed property value) to reduce flooding by maintaining and preserving open spaces and waterways and to keep Denver's rivers clean. The Flood Control District, with a minimal and efficient staff, has been working behind the scenes to keep Denver safe and beautiful for nearly 50 years.
Over time, due to the TABOR act, The Flood Control District funding has been "ratcheted down" to a fraction of what it was. Proposition 7G proposes to bring Flood Control District funding back up to the standard 1 mill. Restoring the mill levy will cost property owners $1.97 annually for every $100,000 of home value. If your home is worth $400,000, you would pay approximately $8 per year. That money will go towards these efforts:
- Flood prevention affecting 3,000,000 people and 41 municipalities
- Open space and trail development
- Debris and garbage removal from our waterways
We encourage you to become more educated on the Flood Control District and Proposition 7G before voting this November. Here are a couple links if you are interested in learning more:
Flood Control District in the news: https://coloradosun.com/2018/10/01/denver-embrace-south-platte-river/
Yes on 7G website: https://www.yeson7g.com/history-of-flooding
Flood Control District Website: https://udfcd.org/