Singletree considers property-tax increase |

Singletree considers property-tax increase

Melanie Wong
Vail CO, Colorado

EDWARDS ” Singletree residents will vote on almost $4.5 million in improvements that would widen the neighborhood’s entrance and bury about 4,300 feet of powerlines.

The issues will be voted on separately and would be funded by a property-tax increase that would repay a bond over 20 years.

If both projects are passed, the average yearly increase in property taxes would be $56 for a condo or townhome, $64 for a duplex and $111 for a single-family home, said Don Cohen, Berry Creek Metro District president.

The $3.6-million Winslow Road underpass project would widen the underpass that goes under I-70 into Singletree. It also would widen and elevate the underpass sidewalk, adds a bike path, provide room for snow that’s been plowed off the road and drainage, and installs railing and lighting.

The underpass, which connects Miller Ranch Road to Singletree, is the main entrance to the neighborhood, supporters said.

During the winter it can get dangerously icy, and during the summer it is heavily used by pedestrians, bikes and students going to school, Cohen said.

“In the winter the ice just builds up under the pass because of the snow that comes off I-70,” said resident Melanna Marcellot. “It’s so narrow and dangerous.”

If the ballot measure passes, construction would begin in 2008 and take six months to complete.

The $800,000 power-line project would bury power lines that border the golf course and are visible from the highway and about 30 homes. The project would take eight weeks to finish.

Concerns were raised about the powerlines after a power outage caused a small grass fire several years ago, Cohen said.

“Burying the powerlines would help how the neighborhood looks when you first drive in,” resident Don Zerangue said.

Ballots can be turned in by mail or returned to the offices of Robertson and Marchetti, P.C., at 28 2nd St., Suite 213 in Edwards.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or

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