The Cost of Being Golden

March 20, 2019
Community Center - Golden Colorado

The Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee will meet at 7:30 this morning in City Council Chambers. Sorry for the late notice–the agenda was just posted yesterday. This should be an interesting meeting. A subcommittee has been looking at parts of the budget that they consider “subsidies,” which include the cost of running the community center, the history museum, Splash water park, and the communications & sustainability departments.

I’m not clear on which costs constitute “subsidies” and which are just the cost of running the government. For instance, why is paying to run the History Museum or the communications department a “subsidy” while paying to run the finance, planning, public works, human resources, police, and fire departments are not? I hope to understand the difference after watching the meeting.

The Finance Director will discuss a recent downward trend in sales and use tax revenue, pointing to the possibility of an oncoming recession. The City Manager will describe the potential acquisition of the Coors Office building and several parcels of land in the Goosetown neighborhood. See the meeting packet for more details.

The Golden Elementary Schools will give an instrumental music concert at Bell Middle School from 5:30-7:30.

The Golden River Sports folks will be tying flies at Mountain Toad Brewing tonight from 6-9. No experience necessary. We will have a few vices and materials, but please bring your own if you have them! Contact us with any questions: 303-215-9386.

The Planning Commission will have a study session (no public comment) at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the Transportation Master Plan and the results of the North Neighborhoods survey on R-2 zoning. Both the Transportation Plan and the Survey results are included in the meeting packet.

Easter in Golden Colorado

The vernal equinox occurs at 3:58 this afternoon. That means that spring has officially begun and that we’ll have more than 12 hours of daylight. The days will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice on June 21st. The moon will be full at 7:42 this evening.

Live Music Tonight:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wednesday Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30P

Thursday Preview:
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk
: Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians) at Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center
11:30AM – Chamber of Commerce Leads Over Luncheon at Natural Grocers
6:30PM – City Council Meeting – they will be voting on whether to impose a 120 day moratorium on certain types of construction while City staff and the community work to bring the municipal code into compliance with the neighborhood and comprehensive plans. If you have an opinion on this matter, please attend the meeting and speak during public comment or send a note to