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Broomfield Council to discuss 2023 budget, executive session on gun laws

This week’s City Council meeting will include a discussion about the 2023 proposed budget, and a request for an executive session on enacting gun laws.
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The Broomfield City Council at a regular meeting March 8.

Broomfield City Council is slated Tuesday to meet in executive session to discuss the legality of its proposed firearm ordinances. A discussion about the city and county’s 2023 proposed budget is also scheduled to occur at the Council meeting.

The Broomfield City and County Attorney’s Office is requesting the executive session be held Oct. 18 to receive legal advice on enacting eight firearm ordinances. The meeting would be held before a study session on the ordinances the same day.

The public, including the media, is not permitted to attend executive sessions, but no final action is taken in the sessions. After the meeting, the public is invited to attend the study session on the proposed gun ordinances during the regular City Council meeting Oct. 18.

It’s no surprise that the city and county is seeking more legal advice on enacting stricter gun laws — neighboring cities and counties, including Boulder, Superior, Louisville and Boulder County, are all being sued over their new gun laws. Courts in Boulder County and Superior have issued temporary restraining orders to halt enforcement of the laws.

Broomfield’s proposed ordinances include banning the possession and sale of large-capacity magazines, assault weapons and rapid-fire trigger activators; regulating possession of guns without serial numbers; establishing the minimum age of 21 to possess a firearm; requiring signs at any site where gun sales or transfers occur; requiring a 10-day waiting period before the sale of guns; prohibiting the open carry of firearms in public places; prohibiting both open and concealed carry of firearms in public places such as government buildings, hospitals, theaters, parks and grocery stores; and updating municipal codes and definitions related to any gun regulation changes.

Also on the agenda for the City Council meeting Tuesday is a public hearing on the city and county’s 2023 proposed budget of $571 million, which includes a government operating budget of $191 million and a capital improvements budget of $129.2 million.

The proposed capital improvement projects include $30 million for the North Area Storage Tank project, $7 million for the Mesa Zone Water Booster Station, $5.2 million for the Airport Creek underpass and trail project and $4.9 million for street sealing and pavement management.

In the city and county’s operating budget, some of the largest expenditures include $53.4 million for public works, $37.7 million for police, $22.2 million for human services, and $21 million for parks, recreation and senior services.

Broomfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the George Di Ciero City and County Building, 1 DesCombes Drive.