Just wait until Ms. Palus and Mr. Suthers give the Broadmoor Rosemont Reservoir! This town is whack. Take names and vote this council out!
Since when does the City Parks department spend so much time at the Broadmoor? Why is the head of the marketing department for the Broadmoor on the panel? I agree: too cozy in my opinion. The Broadmoor is not the only business in town, but our city government sure acts like they are.
Very cozy. I wonder how much Ms. Palus knows about the Broadmoor's interest in Rosemont Reservoir water rights.
Do you agree with the Colorado Springs City Council decision not to place a parks funding measure on the April Municipal Election ballot? A one minute Quick Poll. Thank you!
Comical and a big, "Duh!"... is the Broadmoor the new headquarters for the taxpayer funded Parks and Recreation Department? Planning the next chunk of historic parkland they intend to give away while assuming a behemoth liability?
... The City Council long-term has proven pathetic at maintaining city infrastructure whether it is the parks or roads. In the 1970's 1980's and early 1990's the roads and parks were properly maintained with the existing budgets. Our corrupt Council would then drain funds from those two groups - claim to the citizens "Were Broke" and beg for tax increases to cover for them subsidizing developer interests. Our developers/development fees are 70% LESS than the average of the other front range cities. Raise the development fees to be equal to our neighboring cities, fund stormwater with that and leave the parks/road maintenance budgets alone. This council is corrupt to the interests of developers....Let's see how much infrastructure costs they pass to the citizens for the Banning Lewis Ranch/Jenkins development !!
Originally TOPS was just for acquisition and then was tweaked to allow a percentage for maintenance of TOPS properties. In 2013, citizens approved a change allowing a percentage of TOPS funds to be used for any City parks. The City abruptly took those funds and reduced the general fund commitment by the same amount. What special taxes like TOPS, PSST, etc do is set up for the City to rob the funds originally dedicated for those purposes. Parks are a role of government and should be covered under the general fund and to the extent allowed by TOPS. It is also important to note that TOPS has a sunset and without continuance, the City will scream bloody murder because they've a squandered much of what was previously dedicated from the general fund for parks. They've gotten accustomed to the extra dollars.
TOPS should be reworked as the source of money for park maintenance. It was an oversight that all of its funding go towards acquisition, as at some point you won't be able to maintain what you purchased.
Heaven help us all Joel, when money trumps a principle. Appreciate the reality check, but faith trumps both. And being on the right side doesn't hurt either :)
Denying people the right to vote just because you want to win is a LOSER.
I appreciate what Joel Miller is saying. At the same time, I believe that attitude of powerlessness that has crept into everyday American life is what has caused many of the problems we face. I have seen too many people make a difference to believe that.
After 8 years with the original Haunted Mines crew in a leading staff position, and after 6 years with the museum, also in a leadership position - I second Mr Ducote's comment.
Look at it for the statement it is.
Would WMMI seperate themselves from the donations given by past and present HM volunteers for anything less than a very serious problem with the current Haunted Mines management?
The answer is no.
There is a reason WMMI was willing to forego a donation like that. There is little HM can say in defense.
The management and their treatment of WMMI staff and property over the last two years was attrocious. I have first hand experience and evidence of such.
As far as volunteers leaving due to Angel's 'high standards', that is simply laughable. Angel purged the professional team who built Haunted Mines, and she now sees the consequences.
The unfortunate reality is that this group will face an opponent in court who has a virtually unlimited supply of taxpayer cash to fight them. The City has never just said, "forget it...we're out of money to fight this legal battle." This is especially true when the Anschutz Corporation is firmly in the City's corner as they are the beneficiaries of the transfer.
"Mo money, mo money, with yo money!"
Wow, another study presented that a tax increase will give everybody a raise. Unfortunately studies like these are used over and over and reach the same result those who commission them want with little or no realistic counter point or analysis of the alternative. They get rolled out every time there is a scheme to get voters to intentionally part with more of their money. How much money and staff time was spent developing this marketing tool for another tax increase? Imagine if these same bureaucrats, whose issues are almost always rubber stamped by a compliant City Council were allowed to hike taxes without a vote. Whatever anyone wants to say about Douglas Bruce, TABOR is the only thing between us and California-style runaway taxes. We have high sales tax here, but we can only blame ourselves for voting to do it to ourselves.
The CORA denial is ridiculous. There is no applicable denial under the law because the report is in "draft."
Is the Y.W.A.M. compound okay?
The county jail is a shit hole, filled with corrupt, and ego driven staff, black mold, shit food, and mice feces in the kitchen. How this place hasn't been shut the hell down is beyond me. Somehow this crap gets swept under the rug year after year. Never mind all that though, they'll just make it bigger, as they plan to do in the near future, which is only going to make these conditions worse because they barely have enough funding to keep the current configuration operating smoothly. The new Sheriff is as bad as Maketa for letting this shit continue imho. Instead he'd rather get his 15 mins of fame for dancing in an elevator. Dumb ass.
Since there are 4 of six district Council members running for re-election, they can only advocate for so many tax increases without risking a response from voters tired of tax and spend practices. All but Helen Collins advocated for the $250 million road tax increase.
A new park tax would be a total dupe like nearly every other "only for this" tax increase. How many times will taxpayers be lied to by politicians? In the last voter-approved change to TOPS in 2013, Council refused to a include "maintenance of effort" clause so the existing parks maintenance budget would not be supplanted by the increase from TOPS tax due to the change. Unbelievably, immediately after promising not to do so, Council did exactly that before the vote even passed--and reduced the general fund commitment to parks by $500,000 in the 2013 budget. The Trails and Open Space Coalition caved on that issue just as they did on Stawberry Fields.
Revenues have recovered from 2008, but parks budgets have not even come close to what they were. Why? Because the City continues to spend money on other things like...City for Champions infrastructure and siphoning of City-collected taxes to the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). URA funding takes City sales and property taxes that would otherwise go to the general fund for things like roads and park maintenance and instead diverts those funds to provide direct corporate welfare to developers. Council approved 2 new URA agreements in the last year to the tune of tens of millions and will likely soon approve another for City for Champions. Yet there is no outrage for this practice by the likes of the TOSC...they simply believe that we just need to pay more taxes and trust a pinky promise that new funds won't get shifted or result in a decrease in City general fund commitments. Then, at the end of the ten-year "sunset" period, when the general fund is providing next to nothing to parks and what was being spent on parks has been shifted to other corporate welfare expenditures, we will hear screams from City hall that we can't afford for the ten-year tax to sunset because the parks will have NO funding if it does.
Besides the unaccountable "road tax" that has rewarded political donors in an unprecedented political payback scheme, the current administration is pondering unilaterally reinstating a stormwater tax, asking for a 100% increase to LART taxes, going in debt for City for Champions, promising City tax funding for C4C infrastructure without a vote of the citizens and now a .1 or .2 cent park tax too. When is enough going to be enough? And what faith was shown when a referendum-directed purchase of park land gets transferred to one of the City's biggest cronies for business development? Just say no.
In much the same way that refusing money to a drug addict to provide a fix is essential to prevent enabling the habit, a resounding no vote will break the addiction of politicians to ever-increasing taxes and squandering of existing taxes.
"Agitator?" Note to Milo: if this rag is using terms like that, then you're doing a fine job.
The survey results presented by Ms. Weigel list response by percent - can you post the metrics that show the actual number of respondents and the district breakout? Thank you.
The area around our www.truenatureroofing.com office in southeast Colorado Springs has lots of damage from all this wind. Both sides of the fence in our yard blew over and several shingles from the roof are missing. This is one wild storm!
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