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Boulder approves plan to buy Long’s Gardens conservation easement, pending ballot measure approval

Deborah Brunson works in the community garden at Long’s Gardens on July 5.
Deborah Brunson works in the community garden at Long’s Gardens on July 5.
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Boulder City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to purchase a conservation easement worth at least $5.3 million on the Long’s Gardens property if a sales tax extension is approved by voters Nov. 5.

If the ballot measure before voterspasses it would extend a 0.15% sales tax for 20 years, with the first year’s revenue, no less than $5.3 million, dedicated to the Long’s Gardens owners, including Catherine Long Gates. The easement the city would purchase from the owners would prevent development of the area on north Broadway for well into the future.

It would have to continue to be used for agriculture under the easement.

The purchase will not go through if the ballot measure fails.

After the first year, the revenue generated by the tax would go toward the city’s open space department for the next 19 years.

“It’s a property like Long’s Gardens that helps our community come together,” Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said.