Certain that Ms.Lathen will be prompt and forthcoming with the list of candidates that CSF is supporting.
I hardly think investing in an Olympic Museum is something the city of Colorado Springs should be expected to pay for. We have bigger issues to concern ourselves with.
$130 million...not $130.
Protests are fine, but don't forget to CALL ( not just email) your senators and representatives too!
Another event is Punk Against Trump up in Denver on Friday! https://www.facebook.com/events/188136464986778/?ti=cl
Having watched this current administration and their handlers, it would not be surprising to be receiving news that 'Colorado Springs has a shot at an NFL expansion team' in order to justify a stadium!
It's long been apparent that there is not enough private investment money available to make the Olympic Museum a reality. But what about its proposed next door neighbor, the stadium cum event center? There is not one dollar of private money to invest in this giveaway to Jenkins. In order to build the stadium that Jenkins and City Leaders want, the citizenry, without their consent, will be compelled to pay for it. There's no other possibility. It astonishes me that mayor Suthers supports building this useless/worthless stadium just because developer Jenkins wants it to be built in order to maximize profits on the sale of his 19 or more properties in the area.
Just read in the Gazette that there are 300 dead trees on the list for removal from COS streets and NO MONEY available to remove them. But mayor Suthers and developer Jenkins intend to use taxpayer dollars to build a $300M stadium to "revitalize" downtown. COS has a lot of legitimate needs for which tax dollars are needed, but a STADIUM is not one of them. How to stop this crazyiness?
Have not looked at all the figures but if one were to have in hand all the sales and property tax revenue given away to 'encourage' development - - would there be enough money to pay for stormwater and catch up on pensions?
They are also lying on the application. The $26 million in debt that the application claims is a done deal depends on the City providing or finding $130 to build and finance the infrastructure for the museum. Wait for that one--commitment is due by March.
Well- there probably won't be a citizen discussion...the LART Committee (chaired by Nor'wood Exec Fred Veitch--remember this whole thing is a Nor'wood concoction in land controlled by Nor'wood) will send a recommendation to Council and they will quietly approve/disapprove of the item on the "consent calendar" unless someone takes the time to track the issue and determine which meeting the item will have the item and call it off of the consent calendar at the appropriate time--Bennett will give one millisecond for that to happen. There has been a proposal and yet another taxpayer funded study recommending doubling or more of the existing LART tax.
LART dollars may have previously been used to assist tourist-related, public projects like the Summit House and pickleball courts, but it would be unprecedented and irresponsible for elected officials to allow public dollars to be spent on this private project, especially when many public amenities, like our parks, that bring countless tourists to our region, remain drastically underfunded.
If Nor'wood wants its Olympic Museum, then it should pay for it.
A quesadilla at Taco Bell is food. A thick filet at The Famous is food. It is all food; much in the same way that taxes are taxes. A tax is a tax is a tax. Are we getting ready to be told that funding from L.A.R.T. is not really a 'tax' for us because it is money from hotel and car rentals therefore they are taxes being paid by somebody else? And that, therefore, using those tax revenues for anything associated with C4C is not actually violating the 'promise' made by various within the elected realm to not use public money for any part of C4C?
On the surface, that seems like some real 'slick-willy' logic.
Am quite sure that the Chamber-EDC folk, the Colorado Springs Forward Bunch - and CONO plus the Convention/Visitor Bureau will all have representatives standing up before council encouraging council members one and all to support taking these monies to help with the funding for the Olympic Museum.
Watch for the President of Council to impose strict speaking time limits to those who oppose this move and to allow unlimited time for those in support.
What part of "private funding" don't they understand? This request however is no surprise. The "private" funders only want the money to flow in one direction - from the citizens and into their pockets. We have to hold them accountable for promises they made that this was NOT going to use public funds without a vote of that said public.
Look on the bright side: we now know just how desperate the Olympic museum project is for funding, and as citizens protesting the use of public funds, we're getting an opportunity to put another nail in the coffin of a bad idea.
Thank you so much!
Hahaha. Good question @Joel. Should have added "in theory" ....
"These rules exist so that the powerful cannot exert undue I nfluence on public officials, and one entity does not control a city. That is good public policy."
How familiar are you with Colorado Springs?
No Taxpayer Dollars.
I think we can count all who believed that on one thumb.
$500,000 is a first installment on nearly $200,000,000 that taxpayers will pay for museum infrastructure. This is the project everyone was told that the "State" and "private financing" was going to pay for. Who is surprised that was a lie? Not anyone who listened to the facts.
@SANDMARC, the invitations were sent by the Parks Department. The meeting itself was also controlled by the Parks Department. It was their meeting, and per a letter signed by Suthers and Bennett, it was their study. Also, there are rules which prohibit gifts to public officials. If they did not pay for the catered event, then that is a gift. These rules exist so that the powerful cannot exert undue influence on public officials, and one entity does not control a city. That is good public policy.
All of today's events | Staff Picks
Submit an Event
All content © Copyright 2017, The Colorado Springs Independent
Website powered by Foundation