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You're right that marijuana sales are a major factor in the rise of tax revenue. But it doesn't account for the high-occupancy rate reported by the hotel/hospitality sector. Legal marijuana is also a major factor in the rise of "homeless" vagrants migrating to COS.
For at least the last 2 years, COS has been experiencing robust tourist seasons and sales tax revenue has greatly exceeded expectations. And none of this success can be attributed to the C4C projects (which except for the UCCS sports medicine facility, haven't been built yet) but can be attributed to the cessation of wildfires. COS does not need the State's $120M (receivable over 30 years) to defray a small portion of the cost to fund venues that will attract tourists. While COS lacks what every other large City considers to be essential - a downtown stadium and a major league team to occupy it - we have the AFA, the Broadmoor and the Great Outdoors and THAT'S why out-of-towners come to COS.
Of course, the Olympic museum needs the State rebate because thats the carrot being dangled to attract private money to invest, but even so its been extraordinarily difficult to extract donations from our local 1%ers. COS taxpayers are in danger of having to fill the shortfall this in addition to paying $51M for infrastructure. However, without the stadium, Jenkins garage under his to-be-built skyscraper condo building, located at the west end of the to-be-built pedestrian bridge leading to the to-be-built Olympic museum may not be needed, thereby reducing the $51M somewhat.
This was a front-page story in the Gazette this morning and reading about the death of the stadium put me in a really good mood all day. It's taken City Leaders 3 years to conclude that the citizens don't want to use tax dollars for a stadium that has no purpose other than to make the developer who owns 19 or more properties in the area happy. Very happy. And very rich. The mayor has pointed out the obvious - hundreds of millions of tax dollars are needed to pay for stormwater, roads, and other infrastructure improvements and there's not one red cent available for frou frous. 3 years was 2 years and 11 months longer than needed to realize that building a stadium and forcing an unwilling public to pay for it was a STOOPID idea. Oh, well. Better late than never.
The question to ask is 'who do you WANT to prevail?'. While Gaebler favors giving tax dollars to Norwood for millions of dollars of infrastructure in the Banning Lewis Ranch development, compared to Crow-Iverson - the chosen of City Leaders - Gaebler is the less dangerous candidate. But I don't live in District 5 and so don't have to make this choice.
Skorman is a successful businessman who has built a retail enterprise that provides multiple benefits to the community. He genuinely cares about what's good for COS and is not a bought- and-paid for puppet of City Leaders. In spite of disagreeing with some of his positions on social issues, if I lived in District 3, I would vote for him.
Thanks for asking.
Collins reelection campaign is not supported by City Leaders or by CSF and other crony capitalist groups. This lack of support by the elites is a good thing. She is beholden to no one but the constituents in her district. She is disliked only because she is a friend of Doug Bruce and a fiscal conservative, the lone voice on the Council opposed to giving tax dollars to millionaire developers. Not only should Collins be reelected, but others just like her should be on the COuncil instead of the crony-capitalist politicians chosen by millionaire developers. COS not only needs Collins, but more like her to represent the citizens.
I fail to see that blogging anonymously is a no-no, assuming that the blogger adheres to a code of conduct that prohibits directly attacking a blogger who expresses an opinion opposing their own. Only public persons, including especially politicians, have an obligation to use their real names.
I like and respect Clara, who is adamant that bloggers use their real names, and welcome her comments on this matter of etiquette. In the meantime, I'm grateful that the Indy allows all comers to comment on these forums.
Opinion writers, such as columnists, are biased, and that's OK with me, since their goal is to persuade and influence. Reporters are bound ethically to keep their biases out of their writing and to give their readers just the facts, enabling the reader can form his/her own opinion. Good reporters provide accurate quotations in context that are not cherry picked to support their or their bosses biases. Reporters have a tough row to hoe.
As for Miller "losing his temper" - who is so temporal that they can calmly ignore being trashed repeatedly by the Gazette and City Leaders? And as for "walking out of City Council" - he did so in order to run for mayor. He placed 3rd out of 4 candidates, receiving more votes than 4th place Lathen, who was a City Leader who enjoyed years of fawning approval from the Gazette. Lathen also received far more campaign dollars than Miller, who refused to accept any donations other than those from ordinary citizens. For me, Miller has proved himself to be a trustworthy source of information about City government, one whose opinions, backed by solid facts and research, I will accept in preference to Mr. Joe Blow - all hot air, pomposity, and vitriol.
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