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There's already a pay increase that applies to the three incoming commissioners, who take office on Jan. 10. As we previously reported: the three newly elected commissioners will see a hefty pay increase from $87,300 a year to $113,490. The raise was put in place by the Colorado General Assembly in 2015. The other two commissioners who weren't newly elected this year will remain at $87,300, but their successors will get the higher pay when they take office in January 2019.
Curious, Sen. Michael Bennet has had nothing to do with our reporting on this incident. We simply looked up Glenn's record and then dug deeper.
To be clear, Ernest Glenn didn't take over running the Alumni Lounge until 2002, according to the city's Liquor and Beer Licensing Board minutes.
Curious, Mayor Suthers has repeatedly referenced a renewal of the tax for another five years after the first five years. However, he also has said voters would decide whether to extend it. There's also the chance that after five years, city revenues would have bounced back so that more money is available for road work.
As for the annexation agreement, I'm no expert on the topic, but there are provisions that require infrastructure to be built all at once if even a small section is developed, which runs contrary to other annexation agreements. This provision was among those that the late Mayor Bob Isaac insisted be included, because he opposed the annexation and wanted developers, not the city, to fund infrastructure. The agreement has had the affect of sterilizing the land from development, because no one wants to front the money for all the infrastructure at once. I have no idea how a revision of the annexation agreement will play out, but it's likely the master plan will be changed and that a phased approach will be considered. Also, when it was annexed in 1988, the BLR was master planned to be completely developed for homes, business and industry. Now, open space advocates are at the table and are making a pitch that a substantial part of the ranch be set aside for public use, up to 12,000 acres. To accomplish this would require an overhaul of the master plan and annexation agreement. I hope this helps.
Randall Flagg, To be clear, the jail addition was built by El Paso County using certificates of participation. COPs have been declared legal by the courts but are considered by some as an end-run around the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which requires all debt and tax increases to be approved by voters. COPs don't require voter approval. County commissioners decided to use COPs after the ballot measure failed. So, there was no city money used to build this addition. The city didn't take money from road maintenance, public transportation and parks to help fund the jail.
Andy Merritt tells us that the civilian reductions are unclear at this point but likely will be minimal, considering the troop decrease is so small.
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