City council is weighing several ballot issues for voter consideration in November. This guide is intended to provide details on each of the ballot questions under review and is for informational purposes only.
Littleton is one of only a few cities in the metro area that has hotels and short-term rental property, but no Lodger’s Tax levied on the guests who book them. For reference, Littleton has four hotels currently with a fifth one set to open later this summer.
Depending on the tax rate that will be decided by council with input from the community, a Lodger’s Tax has the potential to generate between $700,000 to $1 million annually. The metro-area average for a Lodger’s Tax is just above five percent, which if approved in Littleton, would generate about $900,000 for the city. This revenue would be dedicated to supporting major cultural assets, fund local arts and cultural organizations through grants, and to promote tourism to Littleton.
To learn more about the arts and culture organizations that would benefit from a Lodger’s Tax, see the section on ACT Littleton. To learn more about this potential ballot question, visit the frequently asked questions section for the 2022 ballot.
A provision in Littleton’s charter from 1959 requires that any expenditure of capital assets, and for capital improvements more than $5,000, must go out for competitive bidding. This relatively low number creates inefficiencies and delays in the city’s ability to purchase goods and services. Littleton staff recommend a change to the city charter to modernize the competitive bidding threshold requirements to enable the award of contracts to vendors that provide the best overall value to the city.
Under this Best Value Procurement system, proposals would be evaluated on a predetermined set of criteria, like quality, time, expertise, and cost, to determine best overall value. To learn more about this potential ballot question, visit the frequently asked questions section of the website.
Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Qualified electors in the proposed boundary for a new Downtown Development Authority may have a chance to vote to form a new entity that would organize and finance improvements in Downtown Littleton that focus on vitality and attractiveness.Visit the frequently asked questions section for more information.
Upcoming Public Hearing
City council will vote in August on whether to place each of these questions on the ballot. These ballot questions are the result of months of due diligence, including a public poll and conversations with stakeholders, city staff, and the community. The public is encouraged to participate in the public hearing on these topics:
City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m.
City Council Chamber at the Littleton Center
2255 W. Berry Ave.