Letter: Incorporation view
Bill Dietrick’s letter in the Dec. 22 issue provided some very insightful information.
As a former resident of Highlands Ranch, a metro district with more than 86,000 residents, I can shed a little more light on this topic.
First, Highlands Ranch does have the tax base to become a city but has rejected incorporation every time it was on the ballot.
Douglas County provides all services except Fire and Water.
Water is a separate district and Fire is contracted out to Littleton and maybe South Metro.
There are less fiefdoms as opposed to Pueblo West.
Have you seen the new fire trucks the district has purchased?
The other difference is Douglas County receives a substantial part of its revenue from Highlands Ranch and knowing where its bread is buttered, provides top notch services, including roads and road maintenance to Highlands Ranch citizens.
Pueblo County does none of this providing only the minimum they can get by with (The Sheriff is an exception to this, kudos to him).
Just look at where the commissioners live.
And they managed to get rid of the only one from Pueblo West.
So incorporation would do nothing to help the community.
It is an idea that is dead on arrival.
Only changing the commissioners at the County would change anything and that is not in the cards.