What's the big deal about replacing policy patrol cars? Seattle, a city with fewer citizens than El Paso County, is still driving their Ford Crown Victorias which have be out of production so some time.
The strong-mayor ballot measure provided for the mayor's veto and the council's override, correct? Rather than Melcher pointing to a situation at the state level, he should have pointed to the city ballot provisions. After nearly three years, the lawyer hasn't acted like he understands public law. Does he leave office next month?
The council needs to scrutinize the financials of the C4C proposal. The cost to city/county taxpayers over a 30-year period is $350M. Can we afford to use most of our borrowing capacity on these 4 projects with the hope that a stadium etal will revitalize downtown, attract tourists, and spur the local economy when there are other truly urgent needs? The mayor is chasing after "free" sales tax rebate dollars which are only 8% of the total cost of C4C.
Also, it's alarming that a bond issuance does not require a vote of the people. This, in addition to the facts of the financing, makes C4C worthy of the council's attention. One councilman, Joel Miller, is doing the digging on our behalf. http://www.joelmillercoloradospringscityco… but the magnitude of C4C demands that the full council take C4C seriously.
What is the purpose to this investigation? To crucify someone, or to improve response for future fires? It certainly can't undo the fire. Clearly the fire was totally out of control shortly after units arrived, and in the hands of the state in an hour - what was the the Black Forest chief supposed to have done differently?
the day that we got our dog tags in boot camp in June of 1976 I was ridiculed by a Baptist recruit who thought it his duty to check everybody's tags to see who was "Christian" and not - my tags said "CATH" for Catholic, but he berated me LOUDLY anyhow. Said I couldn't possibly be a Christian.
Fortunately he was later reprimanded by a Company Commander who found out from another what the kid was doing.
I was raised Catholic, and the term was on the tags mainly to keep peace with my family back home. I had already decided that religion was poppycock - and he just further proved my point. You have, yet again. FOOL.
2013 (-) 10% would seem appropriate. I think that going with the proposed amount will result in 3Q2014 finding council scrambling to come up with 13 M in budget cuts similar to 2008 - - in addition to worrying about who is leaking all the emails !
Thanks, Andy. One of the council staff said she thought it was 2013 budget, plus 10 percent, although my recollection was minus 10 percent as you state.
If no budget, it's the 2013 budget minus 10% as I understand it, not plus.
Hopefully, we don't go there.
The council is the public's vanguard against frivolous spending on projects that do not have public support and will not benefit the citizens. The council needs to scrutinize the financials of the C4C proposal. Over a 30-year period, the taxpayers of COS will have to pay over $350M in principal and interest on the bonds to be issued to build the stadium and other 3 projects. The sales tax increment money will not go into the city's general fund but will instead go to make payments on the bonds. This diverted money is therefore unavailable to pay for infrastructure or any other needs COS will have in the next 30 years. And it will use up most of the city's borrowing capacity so that when money is needed for some urgent need, the city's only recourse will be to raise taxes or sell assets. Shockingly, issuing bonds does not require a vote of the citizens. U Village, the redevelopment project on N. Nevada across from UCCS, was bond financed without voter approval. And about the "free" state dollars the mayor etal are so eager to secure - that $53M amounts to 8% of the total cost of C4C.
The Gazette, whose owner is a major backer of C4C, is active promoting these projects, especially the downtown stadium, praising the PROS, but is silent on the gut-wrenching financials. The city council MUST look into the CONS of C4C. One councilman, Joel Miller, is doing just this. http://www.joelmillercoloradospringscityco… Mistakes have consequences. Huge mistakes have huge consequences. The council and those not blinded by the idea that COS "must do something - try anything - grab those "free" dollars" - must get the word out before this disaster in the making - behind closed doors - is a fait accompli.
Sounds good, I especially like the stewardship of citizens money part. It is nice to know Mr. King realizes the money from taxpayers is not his money. Too bad the Mayor isn't in sync with that.
Many of these serious issues may never get resolved with the closing of the Olive Branch.
The Sunday Gazette has an editorial and full-page article with photos about Oklahoma City, propagandizing that COS should model itself on OKC. But OKC has more in common with Denver than COS. Both are state capitols, both have a 1M+ metro population, both are avid sports towns with a multitude of major and minor teams, both have downtown highrises, corporate offices, vibrant theatre, etc. Suggesting that COS copycat OKC is not much different from saying we should copy Denver, which is, dare I say it, impossible. Instead, COS should look at the other cities in Oklahoma and see what they are doing to make their city successful in the long shadow of OKC - (just kidding).
Like COS, OKC has just received a USL PRO soccer franchise, to begin playing in spring 2014. The long-time OKC mover/shaker behind this is Prodigal LLC, which is planning to build a soccer stadium. I read several articles and none said Prodigal is using govt dollars to do this. Instead, Bob Funk of Prodigal is looking for development partners and investors. Is Ragain, with his vast fund of inexperience, up to the task of bringing soccer to COS without being coddled and spoon fed with taxpayer dollars? BTW, Prodigal has named the soccer team 'Energy'. This is very revealing as to why OKC is prospering while COS is stuck in neutral.
This looks like a hoot!
The USL PRO (minor league) teams played 14 home games during the Mar-Oct 2013 season. 14 home games! The Sky Sox play 60+ home games. Ragain has said that he anticipates that attendance at his soccer games will be about 5000. I've looked at the USL PRO stats http://dohertysoccer.com/2013-lower-divisi… for 2012/2013 and home game attendance of "old" teams in 2013 ranges from a high of 8053 (Orlando) to a low of 542 (LA). It appears that 3000 attendees would be a more realistic expectation, but even this number is on the high side.
I think we can forget about spending dollars to make the proposed downtown stadium the perfect shape etc to accomodate USL PRO soccer. And I think the mayor should forget about spending apx $1M to update Sand Creek park stadium. Ragain needs to look to some other funding source than the taxpayers of COS.
This reminds me of the old mouse in your pocket analogy. We want this, and we want that, but the individuals using the term we don't speak for all those out there that have to fork over the money. When you say we, do you have a mouse in your pocket?
The Gazette reports that Ragain's future soccer team will play at Sand Creek stadium, a city parks facility adjacent to Security Service Field, in spring 2015. But improvements costing $1M are needed so that Sand Creek meets USL PRO standards. Ragain said that "his franchise will contribute some of that money while the city may provide the rest." Ragain, understandably, is thrilled, "It's a dream come true," he said. It's doubtful, though, that the taxpayers, some of whom would be thrilled just to find a job in this shaky economy, will want to pick up the tab to make Ragain's dream a reality.
Soccer, major league soccer that is, appears to be a sport growing in popularity and even a minor league team should be attractive to private investors looking for a hobby. But Ragain needs to seek and find millionaires who will partner with him in his dream venture because it's unlikely that the taxpayers can afford to cough up the majority share of the $1M needed.
Are there no limits to the mayor's generosity and open-handed spending of our money? Here's hoping the city council will apply the brakes and firmly tell the mayor NO.
Look at all the suits in that room. One thing I have learned in my years is that innovation, imagination, and creativity never comes from suits. Suits are only concerned with money.
Mr Kirk Woundy, Thank you for your quick response.I would like to meet with you in person to discuss, Show u documents, and listen to all recorded inappropriate messages. In the meantime you can also do your own research and get public records. Hope to meet with you soon.Thank You
Ms. Joseph: As Matthew Schniper told you this morning, we will be more than happy to review any documentation/information you would like to share with us. You may send to Matthew directly or to newsroom(at)csindy.com. — Kirk Woundy, Editor
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Some employees joined the CL with bag and baggage on their shoulders,being unemployed for months. The owner was nice enough to give them cash advances.to have a roof above their heads and keep their toes inside their shoes.They took for granted that cash advances were not a part of their wages paid.Is the CL responsible for this ???? Every one of them were let go. We are not a credit union we are only a small business. unethical things were happening too.Pls someone at the Indy contact me and I will finish the story for you.Thank You
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