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Re: “Our special district conundrum

That's a phrase for the downtown crowd to justify collecting taxes citywide and dumping a lopsided portion of them downtown: police resources, park and trail resources, highway projects, museums, etc. It makes you feel better about pouring your tax dollars into the downtown area despite the overlooked needs of your own neighborhood when you hear "languishing core of the city," doesn't it?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/27/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

The core city is languishing? My "sprawl" neighborhood is languishing! No library, no YMCA, no bike trails, only the tiniest neighborhood parks. The nearest shopping is not friendly to walkers or cyclists. The closest "open space" is closed off to the public. The core city looks much better to me. And is more expensive for smaller/older homes.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 09/27/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Banning Lewis has not been developed because it is in a floodplain, and will require close to a billion dollars in mitigation to be safe for development. As soon as Norwood, the Mayor, and City Council figure out how to shift that financial burden to the taxpayers, development will begin. Until then developers will just have to keep building on landslides. Plenty of corporate welfare as it is, at least TABOR offers some protection for the average taxpayer.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 09/26/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Exactly right. Not a level playing field. Developers with a metro district mil levy get to pretend they're a quasi government entity and get tax-free municipal bond interest rates and after they establish a 20, 30 or 40 mil tax for 40 years for the entire area by having a "special" TABOR election whereby only the developer votes in the election. Then they get to get a sweet loan and are treated the same as a City borrowing money thereby reducing up front investment and risk while guaranteeing that the future residents will make those loan payments with their tax assessment or else get a lean on their property. Meanwhile, because the developer didn't have to make the same out of hide initial investment as those without those benefits, he can offer the property at an artificially low sale price. Most would-be buyers don't see the massive mil levy until they're at the closing table. City Council has created a complex web of an uneven playing field all over the City. They can then use those loan proceeds to build sub-par roads which the City takes over maintenance on a after a 2-year warranty all the while making payments from residents who had no say in a mil levy that's 8-fold of the City mil levy.

Regarding disdain for TABOR, would you prefer to have corrupt politicians under influence of their campaign financiers deciding how much of your money they'll take and distribute as corporate welfare?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/25/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Can't run a government without funds, and, if I remember correctly, Mr Miller, you're the one who called for a level playing field. Special districts are far from fair and equal as far as beneficiaries are concerned, and JH make a good point for equanimity within the city limits.

I'm not into raising taxes, per se - but I'm not a Grover Norquist "let's shrink the Federal Government to a size where we can drown it in the bathtub" fan either...and that looks and sounds like what Jailbird Bruce had in mind when he penned TABOR and ran that con into the Colorado Constitution.

My suggestion? Raise the city sales tax. Sales tax is indeed the only fair tax because it is a use tax - you buy a clunker, you pay tax on a clunker. You buy a Lamborghini you pay tax on a Lamborghini. Sounds fair enough to me. For that matter, let's do that nationwide and put the Federal deficit to rest. Oh, and all you rich "patriots" - no more hiding your dollars offshore!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

"Moving On" in the liberal progressive mind: "Triple the existing levy and issue bonds..."

At least you're predictable, JH.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/21/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

Just another form of censorship. Over the last two years the Gazette has become a cheerleader for the people/companies that own this city. Influencing voters so they don't get in the way of city giveaways is worth every penny Anschutz paid for the Gazette.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 09/19/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

The Gazette still has 40,000 readers?

I'm shocked!

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Posted by billd on 09/18/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

Eliminate competition, especially price competition. Intent of every billionaire is to develop monopoly power if they can get away with it. Secondarily, Anschutz wants more platforms to pump out Wayne's insipid editorials and if the Gazette is the only paper in town then they've a captive audience for their extremism.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/14/2016 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

No, the Gazette would not have started competing publications, HazyHurts. They can't afford Wayne-o's munchies habit now as is, and they simply don't have neighborhood beats anymore, because in their minds, it doesn't matter.

The purchase was simply to buy them up and shut them down and continue to try to control everything else that's not the Indy in print media in the area.

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Posted by Tannim on 09/14/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “A walk through Colorado Springs with Dr. Samuel Johnson

Perhaps if enough of us come to terms on the idiocy of Douglas Bruce's blatant attempt to destroy Colorado with TABOR we can repeal it.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/10/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Will Republicans hold their noses?

Boy, I should have read this one first! I commented on the previous City Sage column about much the same subject. Dump Trump!

Posted by Vietnamized on 09/09/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Do-nothing politics on display

So, Mr Mudd, you're comfortable with a guy that takes campaign money from Russian oligarchs, idolizes the tyrant Putin (who plays him like a toy drum), is in hock to China, and has your vote because he "tells it like it is". Political correctness may be cumbersome at times, but as my Grandmother would say, "Good manners don't cost a thing, and they make you look good."

So, according to T.Rump, Mexicans are rapists, the David Duke crowd is A-OK, the American worker already makes too much money, our military is in shambles with its generals reduced to rubble, POWs (my Dad was one in WWII - he would have literally punched Trump out after his comment about McCain) are losers for being shot down over enemy territory, our African American population lives in squalor, and venereal disease was his personal Vietnam.

News flash, Mr T.Rump - you are a draft dodger, a coward, a bully and a general asshat. You are 6 inches taller than I am, but I would beat you up one side of the street and down the other and send you home crying like a baby. And I'm older than you are. Consider that a personal challenge.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/09/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Goodbye past, hello future

Old Crank, I think you've been channeling my thoughts ever since I moved back to Colorado three years ago. But the problem is not just here...it's everywhere. My father retired from 30 years of military service. His native entrepreneurial spirit drove him to build condos in Ski Town USA in preparation for the 1976 Olympics, but the voters of Colorado torpedoed that world-sized event and my father's dreams. In Colorado TABOR and the criminal Doug Bruce (originally elected in Colorado Springs, was he not?) are the easy targets for our ire, but the thousands of nitwits who elected him and voted for TABOR as a Colorado Constitutional amendment are certainly equally to blame.

Speaking of my father, he made the incorrect observation that as a liberal, commie, pinko that I was I expected the government to take care of me. I reminded him that the government had been taking care of him his entire adult life, and I had drawn a total of 3 weeks unemployment in a 25 year work history. It pissed him off, but he shut up. Your comment about the retired military in this town preferring their mailbox money to actual enterprise was spot on.

Ronald Reagan is to blame for the general dislike of government and taxes. I realize that everyone remembers that Reagan cut taxes...but do they realize that he tripled the national debt and actually raised taxes 11 times? He was "The Great Communicator", but his message never resonated with me, and I still cringe when the Reagan name is bandied about as him being a great president. Mediocre at best. As far a Reagan bringing about the collapse of the Soviet Union, baloney! They did it to themselves with a war in Afghanistan and a top heavy bureaucracy that served themselves instead of their citizens. That Reaganesque word play is still with us today, and the anti-tax nuts are still at it.

Taxes are our ticket to a free and democratic society. Period. Without them we would have no military, no infrastructure, no police protection (can't afford them), no firemen, no education system, no nuthin'! If Trump's tax plan (like W's) somehow goes forward, or even Paul Ryan's plan, then the wealthy beneficiaries of said plans will continue to buy their favorite politicians and still have a handsome stack of change to play with afterwards. It's a self-perpetuating scandal that the average citizen continues to buy into and get screwed by. Wake up, people!

We need to try to reverse this course while we still can, anti-tax morons and their elected monkeys be damned. Repeal TABOR as soon as possible, elect sensible budget-minded statesmen/women who truly wish to make a difference and make this city a better place to live, streamline public services, institute laws like Great Britain that nullify elections if you lie blatantly about your opponent, require lawmakers to make laws instead of beginning their next reelection run the day after the were reelected the last time, limit campaigning to 6 weeks (like Canada), repeal Citizens United and institute real campaign finance reform, and start putting the country first instead of your political party.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/09/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “A walk through Colorado Springs with Dr. Samuel Johnson

John's recent columns seem rather melancholy with a pensive tone of resignation to one's destiny. In this case, one glorious block downtown cannot make up for the dreary prognosis for a city crumbling to dust under TABOR's jackbooted heel.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/07/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Merger prolongs Fine Arts Center's life

Yes, indeed this is a sad day for the FAC and a failure by the trustees to honor the 3 matriarchs and preserve their vision. I am just glad that none of them or their descendants are around to see it, probably one of the reasons that it could happen in the first place. Even though I should be cheering for my alma mater, I am concerned about the collections since the museum will become more of a teaching arena rather than its original intended purpose. Hey, has anybody seen that flower painting?

Chris Jones

Posted by Chris Jones on 09/05/2016 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Merger prolongs Fine Arts Center's life

Tax the hundreds of churches in that city. That should pay for about 10 of these in the next year alone.

- A Colorado Springs native that ran for the coast

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Posted by Cody Snider on 09/05/2016 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Merger prolongs Fine Arts Center's life

John, brilliant article that states the truth about the situation. The FAC needed a merger or acquisition to survive. The community should be grateful it was CC, if this community cares, and I'm not sure they do. Without a continuing financial support system, no museum can survive. And in other cities, taxes or an endowment do that. But not here. And THAT is the saddest part of all....

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Posted by Jennifer Ryan on 09/04/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Merger prolongs Fine Arts Center's life

Only in the conservative cultural wasteland that is Colorado Springs would the city allow something like this to happen.

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 09/04/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

Dream on about young people on council. To do this job well with both council and utilities board responsibilities, our current reps put in a nearly full time effort. At $6250/year that works out to far less than minimum wage. In 2013, voters decided in a landslide that they didn't want to pay any more for this job, and here we are with a large group of retirees who can actually make the time commitment. It is unreasonable to expect a young person to be able to pay for food, rent, student loans, and generally support their family while also basically volunteering full-time to govern our city and utility company. Expect "Geezer City" to be the norm for a while.

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 08/23/2016 at 5:53 AM

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