Hit the nail on the head RT. Lets compare the City of Denver with Colorado Springs.
Denver -- Area 155 square miles : 600k population : 1460 Officers.
Springs -- Area 186 square miles : 450k population : 687 Officers.
So, CSPD has more area to cover, a similar population and less than half of the officers. Plus, if you add that Denver County also has the Sheriffs office patrolling the exact same area and our Sheriff has the whole of El Paso County, you can increase the discrepancy.
This city's refusal to institute a workable property tax is the reason for this issue, among many other issues, including our terrible infrastructure and public transportation. Doing things on the cheap means that you get less services. You can't have everything you want without paying for it.
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If Arizona and some of the other states (especially warmer states) with marijuana legalization on their respective ballots pass those laws, wouldn't that attract some of the homeless there and take some of the pressure off Colorado? Or is he just trying to sabotage the competition?
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He never worked with me, one of his constituents when he was my city councilman. Never anwered an email. So why would he work "across the ailse".
Maybe because "preaching" is self righteously telling others how to live? Dictating how others live their lives is creepy. Going against the will of the voters who voted for legalizing marijuana is counter to democracy and creepy in a totalitarian, dictatorial kind of way. Calling people twits is just childish and lacks originality.
So why do the creepy pot smoking twits at the Indy feel the need to use the word "preaches?"
he should NOT receive a pension, gun or badge and should be locked up
Another example of horizontal growth not being able to pay for itself long-term. Too much area to patrol, tax base can't cover the costs.
"... and does not receive any public funds. It is funded by the fees and charges it collects from building permits, inspections, etc"
Kevin--these ARE public funds. When I need a new hot water heater, I can't put it in without RBD's signoff. If I want to finish my basement, I cannot exercise that property right without paying the government a "fee" for approving the design, signing off on electrical, mechanical and plumbing work. For you to say that is not public funds is laughable. We now also have a statewide "bridge fee" that upped vehicle registrations hundreds of millions in public money. The State House tried to say "hospital fees" charged to the sick public wasn't public money during the last legislative session. A stormwater "fee" charged to every property owner would also be "public funds." Funds charged by the government to do government work is government public funds. If we later call the court system an "enterprise" and have to pay a "fee" when arrested for sitting down on a downtown sidewalk, is that not public money either? Heck let's create a legislative enterprise and charge a "fee" to all people who live under Colorado Laws passed by the State Assembly! Dollars charged to the public for things they must pay is public money.
In a related question: How did that RBD government public money somehow get transferred to your ad hoc PR firm for electioneering on the stormwater issue? And for the subject of this blog post, how can those government-mandated public funds even be contemplated for use in formalized collusion with one of the biggest seekers of RBD approvals? It is beyond fathomable. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.
Prodigal's the Father's arms are open wide...come home. Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Time to pray, trust God and rebuild the walls - as Nehamiah did. And then open up the gates so that the King of glory can come in...Who is this King? The Lord God Almighty battle...come home!
John, Not the City. Regional Building is an enterprise made up of the City, County and the other jurisdictions in El Paso County and does not receive any public funds. It is funded by the fees and charges it collects from building permits, inspections, etc.
Staci6 - I would think that recall petitions would be pulled. Owen, that member is not up for election, interestingly.
The G addressed the stormwater fee question yesterday. At least one council member is ready to move on this issue...now.
After the election, what will be the public response to a likely re-introduction of the stormwater enterprise fee and finding $12-$15 added each month to their utility bill?
"Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner."
Reference by local elected officials to the fact that an "issue will not be dealt with until after the election" - - or "Some council members may not want to act on this as elections are coming up" related to different issues.
What is the primary goal:
A) Being in office, or
B) Taking care of the public business while IN office, every year?
Critical needs and decisions need to be made four years out of four. Not three.
IE: the matter of addressing how stormwater will be funded.
Water does not run downhill on election years?
Or funding for adequate numbers of police officers:
"But, Suthers said, "I would be shocked if the City Council had the appetite to do it before the election, and I wouldn't blame 'em."
- - - John, maybe you should!
Rick, a 5 year moratorium can be a 5 minute moratorium if they want it to be. Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner. Thankfully Joel, all of these take a vote and while I know you are cynical about the election process, it is still the law of the land. My guess is that an initiated referendum is not likely.
Citizens have responded often their preference would be an 'Independent Board" But would not the voters turn down a measure creating an 'Independent Board' if the appointments were to be made by the mayor and or a combination of the mayor and council?
If I am not mistaken, the 'five year moratorium' on further council discussion on the matter can be shelved by the next council - - driving special interest group desire to 'stack council' in the next election.
Working to totally block Colorado Springs Forward candidates from getting elected might be the most effective means to hopefully gains four years with a stable council focused on overall community needs.
Council can't stop the effort. Having a referred measure may have been stopped, but initiated measure effort is still available and will likely be used. The investment in getting a governance change will likely reap great benefits for whoever purchases the change.
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