The city is
required to balance its budget every year, and 2022 is no different. This
year's budget of $983 million provides a sound financial plan to provide
funding for the best possible municipal services.
The 2022 budget,
which the Aurora City Council unanimously approved in November, reflects
the city's substantial recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. This has
allowed the city to fund a variety of critical items to streamline business
processes, ensure compliance with state and federal mandates, and bolster
data and physical security. In addition, American Recovery Plan Act funds
will supply the city with federal dollars to fund some transformational
projects, which are being identified following extensive community
engagement to identify resident priorities.
revenue growth allowed the city to address a variety of critical items, the
significant number of competing priorities provides challenges that will
need to be tackled in the coming years. Given the uncertainty of the
ongoing pandemic, the revenue projections for 2022 were based on a cautious
growth scenario to allow for fluctuations in consumer confidence and
Highlights of the
2022 budget include the addition of 11 civilian staff in the Aurora Police
Department to support low-threat activities, which should enhance services
to Aurora residents and free up sworn officers to be out on the streets,
and the addition of 17 firefighters to strengthen emergency response. The
budget also includes $10.4 million in one-time funds to address a $15 to
$20 million annual shortfall in the road maintenance budget and perform
critical road maintenance issues in 2022.
In addition to a
backlog of road maintenance deferred projects in need of funding, the city
continues to look for long-term solutions to maintain the city’s capital
infrastructure assets and build new infrastructure to meet the needs of a
The city of Aurora
is accepting applications for residents to serve on the Planning and Zoning
provides recommendations to the Aurora City Council on zonings and a wide
range of planning- and development-related issues. Members also review site
plans and use approvals unless appealed to the City Council. To learn more
and apply, visit AuroraGov.org/Boards.
The city of
Aurora's next opportunities for
Aurora residents and nonresidents are Dec. 27 to 31 and Jan. 3 to 8.
e-cycling events are happening at Techno Rescue—the
city’s e-cycling partner—to better serve the community and provide access
to as many residents as possible. The facility at 3251 Lewiston St., Suite
10, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (closed Sundays and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day).
Business customers are not eligible for these events.
items—desktop computers, laptops, cellphones, tablets, gaming equipment,
consumer electronics and similar—are accepted. A fee of $5 will be charged
which is certified for electronics recycling and data destruction, wipes
and physically destroys all data storage media to protect the identities of
those who are recycling responsibly.
event dates for 2022 are scheduled as follows: March 14 to 19, May 6 to 11,
Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 and Dec. 27 to 30, with the additional event of Jan. 2
to 7 already scheduled for 2023. Pricing may change starting in 2022.
As a reminder,
electronics tossed in the trash not only cause serious environmental
problems but also are banned from landfills in Colorado. The city of
Aurora’s e-cycling events are supported by Environment Aurora, a citywide
effort to think green.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and find
information on how to join, with some meetings taking place virtually while
others are scheduled to return to in-person events. If you don't know your
council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Town meetings have concluded for 2021, and 2022 meetings will be announced
The city of Aurora
is currently in the design phase of the High Line Canal Trail: Colfax
Avenue to I-70 project and the virtual open house is still open for review
and comment. This on-demand open house provides detailed information
regarding the project and an interactive tool to view the proposed corridor
alignment. To provide your feedback, visit the link below.
This year’s 22nd
Annual Festival of Wreaths display and fundraiser event features wreaths
generously sponsored and decorated by local businesses, organizations and
individuals. Wreaths will be on display at the Aurora History Museum, 15051
E. Alameda Parkway, for people to enjoy while online bidding takes place. Please reserve an
entrance time online or by calling 303.739.6660. Proceeds benefit the
Aurora History Museum.
This performance is
from the 1947 live Lux Radio Theatre broadcast. Tea ticket includes tea,
scone and two small desserts from Miette et Chocolat. $20 for the Desserts
Tea, and $10 for performance only. Organized with support from the Aurora
Dec. 17 and 18 at
7:30 p.m., and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.
Aurora Dance Arts
presents a fun new twist on the holiday classic, following Clara and
godmother Drosselmeyer in the enchanted toy shoppe on Christmas Eve, with
toys twirling to life and fluttering snowflakes and sugar plums dancing
through her dreams. Tickets to this family friendly show are $20 each.
Aurora Central High
School, R.L. Troutman Theatre, 11700 E. 11th Ave.
winter-themed camp includes activities for children ages 6 to 10 such as
reindeer games, cooking baking and toy making. Breakfast, lunch and snack
are provided. Cost is $25 or $35 a day based on location.
Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, or Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana
Kicking off on Small
Business Saturday (Nov. 27), this pop-up store will feature a variety of
multicultural indie makers and creators selling unique gifts for the
holidays, accompanied by music, adult beverages and live theater.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday through Sunday (extended hours start Dec. 10)
drive-through clinic supported by Jogan Health and the city of Aurora. The
clinic offers Pfizer and Moderna, first, second and booster shots. Pfizer
pediatric shots for ages 5 to 11 require an appointment (see website for
Aurora Municipal Campus
south parking lot, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Free testing for
COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who
have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance,
and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
The Rise of the
Aurora Suburb during the Cold War
Open through April
Join the Aurora
History Museum & Historic Sites for an in-person exploration of
Aurora's economic prosperity and suburban expansion during the Cold War.
The exhibit includes local stories experienced by Aurora residents during
the Cold War to enrich the understanding of the period. Learn more at Aurora History Museum.Free admission. The
museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Museum & Historic Sites, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway