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Re: “Collins disses road tax in radio ad; Suthers responds

Here's the actual ballot language, which makes no mention of anything that could be construed as a stadium or a different way to spend the money:

SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED $50,000,000 ANNUALLY BY LEVYING A TEMPORARY 0.62% SALES/USE TAX FOR ROAD REPAIRS/IMPROVEMENTS TO TERMINATE 12/31/2020, CONSTITUTING A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE EXEMPT FROM SPENDING/REVENUE LIMITATIONS?

If approved, the City of Colorado Springs shall be authorized to temporarily increase its sales and use tax by 0.62% (6.2 pennies on a $10 purchase) for five years to fund only road repairs and improvements, and be permitted to retain all such revenues generated and to expend the same only for road repairs and improvements, exempt from spending and revenue limitations. If this question is approved, the existing sales and use tax rate of 2.5% established by the City Code will be increased by 0.62% dedicated to road repairs and improvements to make an effective City tax rate of 3.12% as of January 1, 2016. This tax will sunset (expire) exactly five (5) years from the date of its implementation and will not affect or apply to purchases of food for domestic home consumption, prescriptions, residential utility bills or other items exempt from City sales and use tax under the City Code. This temporary increase in sales and use tax revenue will be placed in a dedicated fund to be used only for funding the cost to repair roads and streets throughout all areas of the City, including cost of road reconstruction where severe deterioration does not allow repair. None of the additional sales and use tax revenue will be used to hire additional City employees or purchase additional equipment for City road projects. The repair work will be contracted out to the private sector

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Posted by IndyEditor on 10/13/2015 at 6:58 AM

Re: “In for the kill

You're right. We're correcting the error. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Ralph Routon

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Posted by IndyEditor on 02/23/2012 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Bruce gets six months in jail, six years probation

It's actually two consecutive 90-day sentences, adding up to 180 total days in jail.

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Posted by IndyEditor on 02/13/2012 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Channel 5 sports director Lee Douglas dies

I'll be writing a tribute to Lee for the End Zone column in this week's Independent.

Thanks,
Ralph Routon

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Posted by IndyEditor on 02/06/2012 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Update: Editor Thomas, others out in staff cuts at Gazette

Sorry, Wayne. Being corrected now.

Ralph Routon

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Posted by IndyEditor on 12/02/2011 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Long Story Short

Welcome to the Indy’s new site, which we’ve revamped in many ways to make as streamlined and user-friendly as possible. But during this transition, any comments that posted between Wednesday and Friday will not appear until Monday, as we move all the data.

All postings sent now will appear as usual, with the most recent comments on the home page.

You’ll also see constant changes and revisions on the home page each day, as we focus on events coming up that day and highlight different stories. You can check out full menus from the list of topics (News, Music, Film, Visual Arts, etc.) across the top. You can also see the electronic version of our latest issue by clicking on "Digital Issue."

We hope you enjoy the improvements, and we appreciate any feedback you might have. Thanks.

Ralph Routon, executive editor, Independent.

Posted by IndyEditor on 03/28/2009 at 7:55 AM

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