Here are official statements of League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, CO positions for each program area.
Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
Our Program and History Book 2011 contains all our positions including the history on how they were formed and all action that the League has taken in regard to these positions from 1952 to 2011. An interesting read to learn about the LWV Jefferson County.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Support increasing the number of Jefferson County Commissioners from three to five members.
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS Support of structures, procedures and practices for elected and appointed boards and commissions which insure accountability, representativeness, decision making capability, effective performance and openness.
LIBRARY Support for the property tax as the primary means of funding a library system.
OPEN SPACE Support of the Jefferson County Open Space Program as a county-wide program, funded by a sales tax. Support of procedures and criteria for the use of Open Space funds for development. Support of county-wide wildfire mitigation efforts.
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS Support of measures, which provide residents with notification of hazards (including wildfire hazards), safety measures, and warning systems, related to man-made or natural hazards.
NOISE POLLUTION Support of implementation of noise standards by local governments with adequate funding for enforcement.
SUSTAINABILITY Support for a way of life, which seeks to balance environmental, economic and human needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet that same goal. Sustainability encompasses individual households, neighborhoods, local towns and cities, states and nations. It encompasses environmental concerns, economic concerns and human needs.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE Support of policies, which promote efficient administrative and financial practices in the Jefferson County School District.
QUALITY EDUCATION Support for a Jefferson County School budget that provides a high quality of education for all.
HOUSING Support of diversified types and densities of housing in well-planned developments. Support of shelters and transitional housing in Jefferson County as emergency and short term housing measures with emphasis on assisting people to become self-sufficient.
HEALTH CARE SERVICES Support of Jefferson County government leadership in developing health policy and in facilitating and coordinating delivery of physical and mental health care services for county residents. High priority is placed on preventive care, primary care and emergency care. Health services should be evaluated in terms of accountability, availability and equitable financing.