Mountain View, Colorado

Mountain View, Colorado

Town of Mountain View, Colorado
Mountain View, Colorado
Town
Mountain View, Colorado Town Hall and Municipal Court
Mountain View, Colorado Town Hall and Municipal Court
Nickname(s): Mountain View
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Colorado
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates:
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Jefferson County[1]
Settled 1879
Platted 1888
Incorporated October 11, 1904[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Jeff Kiddie
Area
 • Total 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
 • Land 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,384 ft (1,641 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 529
 • Density 5,690/sq mi (2,845/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] Denver 80212
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-52350
GNIS feature ID 0181689
Website Town of Mountain View

The Town of Mountain View is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Mountain View is situated northwest of, and adjacent to, the City and County of Denver. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the town population was 529 on 2005-07-01.[5] The Denver Post Office (ZIP Code 80212) serves Mountain View.[4]

Geography

Mountain View is located at (39.775692, -105.056122).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 569 people, 272 households, and 130 families residing in the town. The population density was 6,229.4 people per square mile (2,441.0/km²). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 3,142.1 per square mile (1,231.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.4% White, 8.6% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.87% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.7% of the population.

There were 572 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.2% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,364, and the median income for a family was $42,250. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $27,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,425. About 12.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

History

Mountain View was incorporated in 1904 on the land occupied by the Berkeley Annex subdivision established in 1888, which itself was part of the Berkeley Farm founded by John Brisben Walker in 1879.[8]

Economy

With its land area of only 12 square blocks,[9] Mountain View has a tiny retail sales tax base from which to raise revenue and relies primarily on traffic tickets to pay its police and municipal employees.

The Town called an emergency meeting on March 2, 2009 to get input on its future. The Town sent a letter [1] to all residents stating that it faces a growing debt crisis, with a budget shortfall between six and eight thousand dollars a month. The letter stated that its police officers have been paid late three times in the last 2 months, 40 percent of the town's businesses have closed, and that it petitioned the Attorney General of Colorado to use DEA seizure money to pay police department salaries which was declined in May 2009.

The letter proposed imposing additional fees for police services and even streetlights, noting in its last sentence that being annexed into a neighboring community is one possible outcome of the fiscal crisis.

Police Department controversies

The Mountain View Police Department has been criticized for it's overuse of issuing citations for menial traffic violations. Officers have frequently issue tickets for such violations as cracked windshields or objects such as air fresheners hanging from rearview mirrors. In 2013, the department issued more citations than the cities of Denver, Aurora, and Boulder, combined. Nearly half of the town's revenue comes from court fees and citations according to it's 2014 budget. A typical "obstructed view" citation alone can run someone $80, which includes a $30 surcharge. It is alleged that the excessive enforcement of these laws is motivated to raise revenues for the police department, a force with only nine full-time or part-time officers.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities".  
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations".  
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  4. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" ( 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005" ( 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ a b Jeremy Jojola (May 22, 2014). "2-part investigation: Town 'addicted' to tickets". Retrieved October 27, 2014. 

External links

  • Town of Mountain View website
    • CDOT map of the Town of Mountain View