I have to take a minute to clarify, the Indy called for a comment however due to issues with the phone system I did not get message. Therefore they used comments I gave to them in November 2012. My comments were not made this year. Bill
is mayor botch going to count these jobs as new? they will be the same jobs with less pay and benefits... how many of botch's friends made out on this one? he will be re-elected, because he is old, white and will put an R by his name... this village is getting worse every day!
I was not aware that I had been called by the Indy to comment on this article but I will take the opportunity to respond.
In November of 2012, as the tax was being voted on, I told the Indy that I wouldn't commit to future support for the tax measure without seeing how it was ultimately being spent, that I felt I could find efficiencies within the budget.
I can say today that I have been impressed with how the tax has been applied by Sheriff Maketa and his staff. Personnel and equipment needs, which have gone unfunded for years, are now being addressed as quickly as possible. It takes considerable time to recruit, hire, train and equip sworn law enforcement personnel. This career field isn't for everyone and not everyone hired makes it through the entire process.
The effects of 1A will take additional time to fully measure but should continue to prove to be an enormous benefit to our community for many years. 1A has and will continue to provide much needed budgetary relief to more than the Sheriff's Office as Commissioner Glenn says. The far reaching effects on the Pikes Peak region may not be fully realized for some years. 1A can provide some relief.
Provided this tax has a continued regional application in future years and continues to have the desired effect of reducing crime and response times, I fully support its extension beyond the 2020 sunset and as is the case now, I will continue to seek public input into its future use. I can't afford to wait to plan for the sunset, I have a plan that I am developing to address the matter. I have committed to conservatively manage the budget and will look for ways to create efficiencies everywhere possible throughout the organization. As I have in private business, I will look for maximum service for every dollar spent.
The 1A tax is being applied to everyone in the region and I am committed to a regional approach to public safety. I am already working with the regions public safety leaders, private entity partners and community leaders. We are identifying needs and creating opportunities where we as a community can improve the delivery of public safety services, enhance our disaster preparedness response and improve the overall quality of life throughout all of El Paso County. Together we will build a safe and vibrant community.
To learn more about me and my vision for the Sheriff's Office go to my website at www.elder4sheriff.com and see why trusted law enforcement officials and community leaders from around the region endorse me. There is no substitute for law enforcement experienced leadership!
Candidate for El Paso County Sheriff
China #1 & USA ranked greater than 25th in the world in Educational test given to 15 year olds. I think we can do much better than this if we want to compete in the global market in jobs and such.
Haha TejonTech. I don't think there's any expectation of privacy when you are evicted for non-payment of rent! "Geez, please don't tell anybody!"
I hope Medical-marijuana patient Bob Crouse gets $$$ from the city for what DA May put him thru with the bogus arrest and mistreatment of his MMJ plants. Maybe now the city will take us MMJ patients more seriously with how they treat us according to the COLORADO STATE LAW!
EXACTLY! Where are the jobs Bach promised to create for Colorado Springs??? No effort to bring in an industry to create jobs right NOW, not 3 years in the future after this project is built. What about a glass recycling plant, acceptance of RMJ and the taxes and jobs that could create, RMJ tours that could expand use of the city airport and B&Bs that are friendly to RMJ to bring people here for a vacation, poor return on solar garden industry, no new jobs but layoffs of city employees then giving away millions in pensions to have early retirement for city leaders.
Lets vote this guy out of city government since all he is suggesting is to make money for his rich friends and cost us more in taxes and utilities when they close the plant down to create this "City of Champions" city improvement farce.
Good for you Ralph and thanks for sharing. Wish you the best with your plan; sounds like you're on track.
What an absolute farce. I trust that someone will present this to the RTA (chances are they've already seen it) for what it really is when Bach parades his entourage in for the interview.
C4C is is beginning to wreak of desperation. Just imagine if all the effort that has gone into this boondoggle had instead gone into keeping our airport viable.
No Colorado school of trades? I'd like to seem them on this list, next year! www.schooloftrades.edu
We will never go to the Curry Leaf if she has a habit of not paying her employees. That's the dealbreaker of all dealbreakers. As a former server, I simply couldn't.
and the food really isnt that great
Tejon Tech, what is unethical is people like Hillstrom refusing to pay her employees. I know of her deceptive practices firsthand and shed no tears for her.
...wouldn't hold my breath!
Not enough. Get rid of them year round. Go back to free parking, three hour limit using yellow chalk.
It pains me to hear of someone's misfortune...sort of sad and in need of privacy. Holly Trinidad, working for former councilman Tim Leigh, really is pretty unethical to divulge all that information.
The indy goes more in depth on the blog than the gazette!
I chose not to eat there because the service was so awful, the waiters so rude, and the girl at the door so dismissive, even though the food was excellent. Now that they will be out where people have work ethic instead thinking they are owed something, the sort of CC ethic...I will be heading out to enjoy a good meal
FYI Pam...a small correction to your research:
"Fashionably Efficient and Saddleback both give the address of their principal offices as 1060 Clear Creek Road, Evergreen. We couldn't find such an address on the Jefferson County Assessor's Office website."
That would be because that address is not located in Jefferson County. A quick look on Google Maps shows its in Clear Creek County. Assessor records for the county indicate it is a real address with a residential home on it (parcel #1963-032-03-008). The registered owners of the property are Nicholas and Jessie Ragain per county records.
It doesn't change your overall point though, but accuracy is always a plus.
This last minute announcement by Ragain to bring pro soccer to COS - IF we build and give his non-existing team a stadium - should be obvious for what it is - a part of Bach's scam. The state's sales tax rebate receivable over 30 years will pay for only 20% of the cost of building the stadium. The remaining 80%, plus maintenance and shortfalls, will be paid by local taxpayers. Does this sound like a good deal? Bach etal are salivating over the free dollars, but the bulk of financing will be borne by COS citizens. As for Ragain, the World Arena is available and he can use that facility. Also, USSC is planning to build its own stadium for sports, concerts, and community events. It's obvious that building a stadium downtown is not needed, nor is it the answer to "revitalization". Ivywild has shown what local entrepreneurs can do to revitalize a neglected area. Let's copy their example and build a public market, open every day of the year, that tourists and locals will patronize.
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