Adams County called for the return of 54 square miles it allowed Denver to annex in 1988 for the development of Denver International Airport.
County officials are against Denver’s Airport City proposal because they say it violates the intergovernmental agreement between Adams County residents and Denver.
The IGA requires all economic development around the airport happen on Adams County land, however, Denver’s proposal makes Denver “the primary and overwhelming fiscal beneficiary of Airport City, and would not require any revenue to be shared from the sales, use or property taxes that it presently collects on airport land,” said commissioners Eva Henry, Charles “Chaz” Tedesco and Erik Hansen in a June 7 letter to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
The letter goes on to say that the county does not seek to prevent the development of Airport City, but instead wants to be sure the benefits are fairly distributed.
According to Adams County’s de-annexation proposal, Denver would still be the landowner and airport operator. However, the land would again be within Adams County and it could collect tax revenue.
“Adams County is committed to protecting the rights of its citizens and hopes to seek a solution that will encourage regional economic development, bring jobs to our communities and ensure that promises made by Denver will be promises kept,” said Ruth Kedzior, assistant county administrator.