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Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

Very well said sir! I second every single word!

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Posted by sherio on 05/11/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Tiny House Jamboree to leave Colorado Springs

Not happy about this since we already bought non-refundable air tickets, non-refundable hotel. and took vacation time off. Why they couldn't have gone ahead with this years, and then made the big changes for next year. This is just to close to the event to cancel it and they sounded so gleeful about it. SUCKS!

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Posted by kctraveler on 05/11/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Jenkins is the poster child for crony capitalism. Would this developer - the biggest and most successful in COS - be able to make an honest dollar without his political allies giving him OUR tax dollars?

St. Francis is ideally located and will have no difficulty finding tenants. It could be gutted and the units affordable for the low-to-mid-income renter IF they are small - 500 sq ft max - and no frills are provided. But today, affordable housing actually is luxury units whose rents are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Well, this is exactly the scenario that was probably hoped for by the owner. You see, a first lowball tax bill followed by a subsequently much higher tax bill results in a higher "tax increment." This property, by vote of a compliant City Council, was included in the "Downtown Development Authority" (DDA)--even though not geographically contiguous. Few understood what their vote really meant (at least I hope they didn't). The DDA is a special district in which 100% of the City property tax increases collected do not make their way to City coffers, but instead to DDA coffers.

So the increases paid in property tax go to fund special priorities of the DDA. The decision as to exactly what special priorities get funded rest with the DDA board. Coincidentally, the owner of the hospital serves as a DDA Board member. The DDA recently announced a $1 million donation to another "priority" of the hospital owner, the City for Champions Museum.

For most residents, when you pay higher taxes, they go to the City to never be seen again. In this case, even though the owner will see higher taxes, there is a high likelihood the increased taxes will end up coming right back into a project he backs within the DDA.

Must be nice.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Well, here's why this happened...City Council voted to include the area in the "Downtown Development Area." Tax increases in the DDA or "tax increment" do not go to fix roads and storm water issues citywide, they go...wait for it...to the DDA for their handpicked special projects? Who does the handpicking and has provided cash for Mr. Jenkins? The DDA board, of course! Who is on the DDA board? Why, Mr. Jenkins of course!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

Correction. I stand corrected that it was 28 shows vs. 43. Apologies.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/10/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Actually, School Teacher 2014, as long as you're talking about reading things correctly, you may want to go back and first read what Ms. Walker is quoted as saying, and then read the actual letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists to which she is referring. She does not claim that 1A establishes the wall of separation, only that the founding fathers were explicit in their intent to create that wall for the benefit of both the religious community AND the government that is representative of all of the American people. It would appear your righteous indignation is misplaced.

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Je Ng on 05/10/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Olympic museum to break ground

Why Colorado Springs will always be in Denver's shadow: Outdated decision makers that would waste $75M on a turd (i.e. Olympic Museum). The city already wasted half of that total ($35M) keeping the Olympic admin offices local (I hear children from across this nation begging their parents for a trip to the Olympic administrative offices)! Can we clear out the old money think tank and liven this town up?!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Police pick up the pace on response times

Stop letting the developers run rampant. Not only can't the road infrastructure in this town keep up, neither can the CSPD hiring processes (especially since hitting 1 cone during driving training disqualifies you from the academy).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Really like how they purchased it for 50k, then donated a million to avoid the taxes. If the Independent wouldn't have pointed it out it would have gone unchecked.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “On Trumpcare, activists couldn't sway Rep. Lamborn. But what about Sen. Gardner?

I switched my party affiliation to GOP so I could vote in the only primary that matters here, and always voted for a real man and not the sniveling little coward Lamborn.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/10/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

To build a new structure of that size would take at least $100M and we only value it at $2M for tax purposes. Just another insider deal and scam. On the other hand maybe Norwood will turn it into a homeless center, or rehab for all the addicts. Wake me up, I'm dreaming.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/10/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

It's interesting to note as of 3/31/2016 KCMJ had 43 locally produced shows. I hosted (1), produced (2), and engineered 5 of those shows. KCMJ has had a myriad of problems since i.e. on the air, off the air. Show hosts leaving.
Today there are only 4 show hosts left as of Monday 5/15/2017. This is what happens when individuals THINK they know how to run an entity but in reality do not have the skill sets to do so.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/10/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Deducting the cost of cleanup before a cleanup ever occurs is a scam waiting to happen. If you want to use a clean-up incentive as a means to expedite reclamation of urban renewal sites it should be done ex post facto.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/10/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Story Coffee barista/roaster Eliza Lovett recovering after roasting accident

It's wonderful the community rallied around this barista, and a great example of what our community can do, thanks to the Independent. But how many poor and/or minority workers in our community have had an industrial accident that we never heard about, don't have a support network like this young lady, or work in something less interesting to the Indy crowd than elite coffee, or are not in the downtown area near Indy staffers? If the answer is that they aren't interesting to Indy readers, we have a real problem.

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Yellow Face brings social commentary and comedy to the CC stage

I have to wonder, would this resonate with the marginalized communities of Colorado Springs? Colorado College, by median student family income, is the wealthiest private college in the nation with $277,500 in median family income. Now go drive by Chelton and Fountain and then drive around the neighborhoods south and east of there. Would the residents there find this article relevant to their lives? Are the sons and daughters of those Japanese sent to Camp Amache going to Colorado College, or is it the sons and daughters of Chinese government officials and corporate leaders? I can't help but feel this is elites lecturing other elites, and reinforces the perception that Colorado College is a bubble that aspires to claim moral heights, but ignores the application of those ideas in our own community.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “On Trumpcare, activists couldn't sway Rep. Lamborn. But what about Sen. Gardner?

Lamborn is smug and arrogant and not threatened in the least. Watch the video of his town hall up on the north end of town last month. He doesn't care one iota for his constituents who disagree with him. I stopped calling his office long ago. Those of us who voted against him are completely disenfranchised in the House. Until demographics in Colorado Springs change, the best we can do is to become unaffiliated voters, and primary him out. Indeed, the ideal outcome til then is to have a freshman representative every session of the House.

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Hmm, sounds a lot like the downtown land exchange between the city and the Jenkins clan, where land values were lowered because of a supposed 'cleanup'. I estimate the city has helped the Jenkins clan get at least $2 million in tax deductions in two deals. Ka-ching!

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Deb Walker misstates the 1st Amendment, which does NOT call for the "separation between church and state." I recommend she read the 1st Amendment and quote it properly. Her statement is the standard incorrect statement made by those who normally have issues with religious freedom.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 05/10/2017 at 9:17 AM

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