Voters can give Avon selling power |

Voters can give Avon selling power

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” If Avon wants to sell or dispose of any town-owned buildings or property, voters have to approve it first.

Town leaders want to change. Avon will hold a special election at Town Hall May 6 asking residents if they want to change the part of the town charter that requires voter approval before property or buildings are sold.

The town council will host a discussion and question and answer session concerning the special election at the beginning of its regular meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

With Avon heading into an ambitious redevelopment of its downtown, leaders feel that they need to the freedom to sell or get rid of property without putting it to a townwide vote every time.

The charter, as it is now, would slow down realignments of roads and rightaways and would hinder the development of a new Main Street, Mayor Ron Wolfe has said.

If the change is approved, the town wouldn’t have to hold an election to sell property, which would save taxpayers the expense of holding an election, town leaders say.

This doesn’t mean the public wouldn’t be involved in decisions though. As with any ordinance or resolution, the town will hold public hearings on all decisions and give residents ample time to voice their opinions, leaders say.

Shall Section 18.3 of the Charter of the Town of Avon be amended to provide as follows:

Section 18.3 Municipally-Owned Real Property

(a) The Town may sell, exchange, lease or dispose of any interest in real property or buildings of the Town to or with any person, firm or corporation, or other public or private entity. Any such sale, exchange, lease or disposition shall be approved by ordinance after a public hearing thereon.

(b) Any ordinance adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section shall contain findings by the Council that:

1. the transaction will be consistent with the stated planning objectives of the Town;

2. the appraised value of the interest in real property or buildings or the value of other consideration to be received by the Town is substantially equal to or greater than the appraised value of the interest in real property or buildings or the value of other consideration to be given by the Town; and

3. the transaction will provide a long-term economic, cultural or social community benefit for the Town.

(c) Any legal or equitable action brought with respect to the transaction shall be commenced within 30 days after adoption of the ordinance.

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