Mr. Anschutz is like our own little Koch Bros.! And I don't mean thst in a good way..... Throwing his money around, he wants to control everything and everyone. He certainly seems to have our political leaders doing his bidding, not to mention state & US elected officials.
Seems like every time there is a swindle in this town it involves the Jenkins Family. On a side note: Did someone beat this family with an ugly stick? Is it a genetic issue? A result of inbreeding? Are they evil mole people? Just an observation.
From a post from last September on "Liberty for COS" (https://www.facebook.com/liberty4cos/posts…
"Here’s a thinking person’s explanation of what really happened: Jenkins somehow gets the property for $50,000. Remarkably the property is assessed at that purchase price (Jenkins donated $17,500 to County Treasurer Lowderman's campaign who is in charge of assessments see link: http://coloradopols.com/diary/60558/el-pas…). Now, as Jenkins develops the property, the value will obviously go up (again his pal, Lowderman is in charge of assessments) and Jenkins will have to pay more taxes, right? He’ll pay more taxes, but because his new acquisitions have been included in the revised boundaries of the DDA, any growth of tax revenue above the baseline goes to the DDA (because of the TIF that’s in place) and now his property is a potential and likely beneficiary of the DDA dollars. Jenkins--completely coincidentally--also happens to serve on the DDA board that decides where the money goes. So his higher taxes will not benefit the City, they will benefit himself. When normal citizens’ taxes go up, they benefit the City, when friends of Council’s taxes go up—they go up to benefit themselves!"
Since the time of this post, the DDA has in fact awarded the lion's share of the DDA's TIF revenue to Jenkins' Penrose development. Is anyone shocked?
Now folks this is how Business is done in this City and Country this is how ya get things done. Ya give a million dollars away so ya can take it off your taxes. Then pay less then the price of a automobile for prime property from the same people ya gave the million to. Then turn around and talk your local buddies into lowering the property tax on that property because its supposedly junk. Then say its for the betterment of our population because your going to turn it into apartments very few can afford. Yea thats how its done.
John Howell: Like in one hand and defecate in the other. Then eat them both. College transcripts are PRIVATE!! Do you understand the meaning of the word private? It means none of your fucking business. Wanna see my tax returns? Same issue. Not your business, moron. !
Fubecal is onto something - the city has nearly endless "projects" with money flowing into its crony's pockets. Why did they spend money on the incline? This deal was done before that was done. Why did thier buddys get millions to buy the vineyard golf course? Why do we have the highest sales taxes in the state and Not ONE pot hole has been fixed? Just ask phillip if him and his buddys will fix lake ave? Oh sorry its done.
One of the Seven Deadly Sins is Greed. Anshutz sounds greedy even though he hides behind philanthropy. Wake up City Council. You are the only hope. The Parks Department has had the wool pulled over their eyes.
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Springs Native: I am a native 4th generation native and I disagree. He has pumped money in to his attractions for his benefit. 7 falls is owned by him costs to see this attraction have sky rocketed while paying very minimal labor. Cog Railway same thing. The News paper owned and biased to him and his endeavors. The ranch on Cheyenne mtn. off limits to us, the proposed stable the same unless you pay the Hotel. His name on the World arena OWNED by us but profit from some venues to him the stadium down town that hes championing for that we build and he runs and manages for his profit all while providing low paying jobs for the common worker. Nothing extra, nothing more for the residents, nothing for the Community. Ive been many times to Strawberry fields and those trails were put in for the guests of the Hotel they start right there and go no where else but the Falls. Will we be able to use them once he owns them? The kids using the parks? That's what parks are for. Maybe not keg parties but the Park dept could stop that if its really happening and anyone nailing anything to a tree needs fined up the wazzoo and horse whipped. I originally thought him buying the Hotel was a good thing hes done good things in other cities. But turns out he wants everything the Army dont already have. We need an economy more then Visitors to the Hotel and Military. If he wants to do something for Colorado Springs get some Industry back so our kids have somewhere to make a life long living here and dont have to move to Denver.
He keeps trying to make things more attractive for the broadmoor, so he can make a better profit. But I will say from personal experience, anshutz/broadmoor as a whole, has dumped a ton of money into our economy. They have made better efforts at making it a better place than anyone else mentioned in this article. Yes it's for a better profit for the broadmoor, but we all profit from it.
On another note, I spent a few minutes at the strawberry fields protest.....most of those people didn't even know it existed, and most of those people will never go up there again, unless there is some attraction....which the broadmoor will bring! As far as I know, the only thing that happens at strawberry fields is keg parties the high schoolers are throwing! They actually said during the protest, "for those that have never been here, please explore"?!? I was thinking are you kidding?!? You've never even been up here! And keep in mind these are the same people that are nailing trashy signs, of the protest, to the trees! Clearly you respect the area by driving nails into the trees. And ironic that the people headed to the protest didn't complain about the trails that were built by the broadmoor That go past strawberry fields, and take you to seven falls.
One more thing......the incline erosion is contracted to be fixed soon. Kinda hard to fix any erosion, when the ground is frozen?!?
I'm all for the land swap and that area is my neighborhood! I see nothing but benefits for all by doing this!
Okay, there is a problem with this column. I have "liked" several remarks made by others and only "dislikes" are recorded. So my "likes" are improperly recorded as "dislikes".
Lee Wolf might want to ask why the city would neglect Strawberry Fields while spending nearly $2 million on the Incline which they do not yet own if this land swap deal wasn't in the works for a long time? Spending city funds on attractions not in their stewardship while leaving ones which are should have anyone with a rational mind to question anyone in support of this swap. In addition Mr. Wolf's private property would enjoy a bump in valuation for it's incidental location.
The most vocal proponents of this swap are the neighbors whose land is adjacent to Strawberry Fields and the politicians who are likely being funded by the Broadmoor.
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You can like the man, but dislike this land grab. I, too, have heard it is nearly impossible to dislike him if you meet him. But that doesn't mean you give him your land!
Billy Peetz, just because someone is genuine and does good (even great) things in a community, doesn't mean his company should be granted carte blanche. Sadly, we tend to polarize when an issue becomes passionate. I appreciate that this article points out many of the charitable things Anschutz supports. That doesn't mean we hand over parkland and a wonderful tax benefit to boot.
Bruce Springsteen said it best "Rich man wanna be king, And a king ain't satisfied, 'til he rules everything" . Just in case you folks don't realize our US Senator Michael Bennet was an employee of Anschultz right before becoming Senator. And now the FAVOR is being returned with "Special Interest do a Billionaire a Favor Legislation" , that's exactly what "The Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2015". What citizen group has asked for this legislation.....NONE ! Anschultz owns a Senator , our newspaper and our Mayor ( Mr. Suthers a little brown nosing at the Guv's mansion .... how cozy !) Oh and by the way it was a check from Anschultz entertainment group that paid Dr. Conrad Murray whom put Michael Jackson to sleep !
I have met Phil, Steve is right, he is as genuine as anyone I have ever met. He has done a lot for Colorado and its people. We the people of Colorado Springs should be proud to have him as the quiet leader for our community. If you don't like Phil and what he has done for this community, you need to evaluate who you are. Good job Phil
Wow what a helpful piece of writing! Thanks for a concise and thorough timeline of the billionaire in the backyard....
Just in case Council doesn't, let's help him make better choices. Donate to the defense of the land. Stop the Swap.
How refreshing to have another voice besides the Monopoly of the Gazette and say disinformation program of the city of Colorado Springs!
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