Thursday, August 28, 2014

A flood of opinions on flooding

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Mayor Steve Bach is squaring off against other elected officials in the region on a proposed Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority.

He issued a "proclamation" earlier this week that says, in part, "I wholeheartedly support regional collaboration on stormwater as long as the approach is fair to everyone involved. I believe this IGA is not fair to the citizens of Colorado Springs."

Read the entire statement here:
Mayor_Steve_Bach_s_Proclamation.pdf
In short order, the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, a multi-agency panel that has worked for two years on a ballot measure, countered the proclamation with a statement that accused Bach of continuing to "deliberately spread misinformation."

"We have previously corrected his wholly inaccurate assertions, yet he continues to impugn professional staff and officials and heavily-involved citizens," the release said. "The Task Force, which spent two years researching flood control and crafting the proposal through extensive public input, would like to clarify and correct certain of the comments made in the mayor’s so-called ‘proclamation’ today."

Here's a point-by-point response from the task force:
TaskForceResponse.pdf
On Tuesday, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will vote on second reading whether to refer the measure to voters to create the drainage authority and impose fees. For more on the proposal, check out this website. All signs point to the measure going before voters at the Nov. 4 election.

Here's a graphic issued by the task force that previews an argument you'll hear during the campaign:

click to enlarge Screen_shot_2014-08-28_at_5.08.58_PM.png

We're still waiting for input from the "millionaires' club," otherwise known as Colorado Springs Forward, a group of community leaders trying to help direct the city out of a funk that has led to potholed streets and other infrastructure deterioration.Some insiders predict it will back the stormwater ballot measure, although CSF spokesman William Mutch still isn't saying one way or another. However, CSF likely will roll out details of its goals and membership within the next week or two and could play a major role in the campaign, whether it backs or opposes the measure.


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