Or, the citizens of Colorado Springs and El Paso County could open up their pocketbooks and actually pay a few more cents here and there for the services that they all use daily. Living in an organized community (city, county...) is not free. There's no magical pot of money from which the local organizations pull their revenue. It's called taxes. Go look in your couches and find an extra nickel or dime and actually vote in support of a tax increase for once. It's not going to kill you. In fact, it could save your life. Maybe, just maybe, when you call 911, someone will actually be there to answer.
The fact that vendor fees exist at all is completely absurd. They claim that we would be punishing the businesses by forcing them to incur the full administrative costs for remitting sales tax to the city? Every year citizens of America complete their personal income tax returns and it takes hours or days or even weeks. The federal and state governments definitely do not reimburse the individual for the time they take out of their lives to pay taxes. That is a cost that you incur as part of enjoying the freedoms of living in America. It should be no different for business operating within the limits of a municipality. Lets be clear hereWal-Mart is not a charity. Theyre not doing business in Colorado Springs as a favor to the community. They are here for one reason and one reason only-profit. And, as part of being allowed to make money off of the citizens of this city, they should be forced to shoulder the full administrative responsibility of remitting sales tax to the city. The current local administration seems to bend over backwards to help large businesses out of fear that theyll leave and go do business elsewhere. Its time to realize the power and influence that a city the size of Colorado Springs carries and start making some demands of our own.
Don't forget Colorado Springs City Council. There are 4 slots up for reelection in 2009.
They've lived totally free for the past four or five months (since their landlord disappeared)? Now it's someone else's fault that the utilities got turned off? Bills don't magically get paid. They clearly knew that no one was paying any of the bills for the past few months and now it's suddenly a sob story because their feet are cold?
"We just figured people would work things out ..." That's the problem. No body is going to work out your problems. This is America, no body takes care of anybody else. Take some damn control over your own life. What have they been doing over the past five months to try and generate income or get help from organizations that provide it? Given that isn't mentioned anywhere in the article, I'll assume they've done nothing. Now they'll move somewhere else to find work because "This town has been a tough place to live." If you can't find assistance in this pathetically sympathetic region, then you're not going to find it anywhere else. Take your defeatist attitudes to the next town. Guess what you'll find there? Defeat.
Yes Tosches, we all know you hate Colorado Springs Utilities, but c'mon. This is pushing it. I hate them too, but this is not their fault. They're not the bad guys here. Heat isn't a right, it's a luxury--a luxury that Mae and Steve have done nothing to deserve.
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