CENTENNIAL – Named after the “Centennial State” of Colorado, Centennial is a vibrant community that offers the benefits of city living and the pleasure of suburban and semi-rural life in beautiful and well-kept neighborhoods. Business opportunities abound in the famous Denver Tech Center and the Meridian Business Park here. The Streets at Southglenn is the newest place to experience urban shopping, dining and living. Centennial Airport is the second largest general aviation facility in the USA.
Centennial was formed February 7, 2001, from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, including the former Castlewood and Southglenn census-designated places (CDPs). The citizens of the area had voted to incorporate on September 12, 2000, choosing Centennial as the official name during the vote. The name reflects Colorado’s admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence. Incorporation was approved by 77% of the voters, and the population of the area at over 100,000 made it the largest incorporation in U.S. history as of its creation. The city was incorporated in large part to prevent further annexations by the city of Greenwood Village in the I-25 corridor to improve its tax base. The taxes generated from businesses in the unincorporated portions of Arapahoe County funded the majority of the county’s services, including road work. There were a number of court cases establishing the right of incorporation to take precedence over the right of annexation.
The city was incorporated on a promise to keep city taxes at 1% (one of the campaigns against incorporation appealed to maintain the 3.8% sales tax of the unincorporated county). According to the City of Centennial website, the current sales tax rate is two and one-half times this rate, at 2.5%.
As it is new, many people in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area do not recognize the area by the name Centennial, especially since the “default” city names for the ZIP codes within which Centennial is located are assigned to Aurora, Englewood and Littleton. Thus, mailing addresses that are actually in Centennial often have Aurora, Englewood or Littleton as the city name. This causes considerable confusion, as Centennial and Englewood do not even share a boundary, while some portions of Centennial are surrounded by Aurora and vice versa.
Centennial Home Owners and Home Buyers, call Team Sampron for all of your Real Estate needs. If you’re looking for a real estate agent whose focus is you, look no further. Carrie and Kathy bring a combined 60+ years’ experience in customer service related fields, including 20+ years each in Municipal Government, to our real estate business. Home sellers, Team Sampron believes in providing full-service even though our rates save our client’s money. Home buyers’, remember all of Team Sampron’s expertise and experience is free, you pay nothing when Team Sampron represents you in the purchase of your home. Call Carrie (303) 931-3629 or Kathy (303) 931-3780 to begin this exciting phase of your life. Team Sampron of Home Real Estate Your Highlands Ranch Real Estate Resource.