Finally an article that identifies the real cause of the storm water problems - the developers did not build adequate storm water infrastructure. The efforts to put a funding mechanism on the ballot will have a much better chance of passing if the City could somehow assure me and other voters that they have corrected the problem of allowing the developers to obtain project approval with inadequate storm water infrastructure. I will not vote for a storm water tax until I'm convinced that the developers are being required to do all of the necessary investment to pay for the impact they have on the community, otherwise the problems will continue to expand and cost even more to fix.
Can someone provide a schedule of locations, days and times for the people collecting signatures? I'll travel to sign it.
It is so refreshing to have information reported on the locations and extent of the fires. Maketa is on top of this fire! The reports on this fire are a vast improvement from what the "officials" wouldn't tell us during the Waldo fire.
I was evacuated during the Waldo fire and I could get no information about the fire location, boundaries, homes impacted, etc. I hope the people in charge have learned that if you keep people in a vacuum, the void will be filled with something. Bach, Forte, Marr, et. al., are you observing and learning?
Pam: Please investigate the purchase and payment for these propertties. The City did not pay for these "purchases" and utilities did not foreclose on them. I think Utilities wrote off the money owed as bad debt. The result is that the natural gas utility customers are paying for these properties in their utility bills. Yes, we are subsidizing the U.S. Olympic building through our utility bills. It would be interesting to know how much the City did not pay and impact that is having on our utility bills. This is a worthy article!
Does anyone really think that the City Council is capable of governing the utilities? Do you think the City Auditor is capable of thoroughly reviewing utility rates? History has shown that they see the utilities as a cash cow for the city to milk for extra revenues.
FYI: the CS utilities rates for electric and natural gas are no lower than PSCO (now Xcel) in Denver, and they haven't been lower in the long run for over 30 years. Furthermore, Xcel pays taxes and owner dividends. I also know Xcel is not an efficiently run utility - so you can draw your own conclusions about how well CSU is operated.
Issue 300 also included the requirement of phasing out Utilities Payment In-Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to the City. How convenient that Bach & Melcher forget that provision of the ballot item. The former City Attorney and City Council found a method to not implement the elimination of PILT and thus the voters were basically told their votes meant nothing. The will of the people was simply disregarded. In fact, the City auditor contrived to increase PILT payments to the city. Where is Doug Bruce when we need him?
The Stormwater needs are a result of the developers not performing the drainage mitigation that should have been required of them when they developed land. The City was so naive, they put the developers in charge of monitoring and enforcing the stormwater requirements. Basically, the city put the fox inside the hen house to oversee it. Does this sound familiar?
To add insult to injury, recently I've seen several Utility trucks at restaurants around 8:30 to 9 in the mornings. The employees are inside enjoying breakfast. I've seen this at numerous restaurants around town. Shouldn't these employees be working during these times?
Our utility bills keep going up and the utility leadership is obviously incompetent.
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