"Massey said it failed the legislative test because it would bar the city from spending money through the Urban Renewal Authority or public facilities corporations, as well as "funds provided by any other government." Massey and Johnson argued that because those groups aren't under city authority, voters can't direct them in spending money."
No problem, then the city should not provide those groups (Urban Renewal Authority or public facilities corporations) any money to start with. The city should have a say over the citizens money it gives out.
It sounds a lot like how the USOC facility project was jammed down taxpayer throats. This is another example of how a so-called strong Mayor system fails the voters.
This seems a bit backwards. Shouldn't we see the contents of the study before we finalize a resolution of agreement? No study is completely useless.
Although the following definition below is oriented toward education, it should be applied to this Storm Water issue as well. Local recipients of storm water funds added by voters should be required to maintain and use local dollars currently being spent on storm water needs in the storm water budget and not allow current storm water money to be skimmed off for other projects.
Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is required by many grant programs, including Title I. The purpose of the MOE requirement is to ensure the recipient of federal funds (LEA) does not spend those funds in place of state and local dollars.
If a proposal is placed on the ballot I do hope it includes a Maintenance of Effort clause. Any monies currently going to stormwater needs should continue to be used for that specific purpose.
Yet another example of the Strong Mayor system in action. Let's hope Bach can find someone qualified this time, rather than put his buddies in positions for which they are not qualified. This is one example of why the council is at odds with the Mayor.
Mr. Binnings of Summit Economics seems to have a bit of an attitude. The citizens paid for his data and a citizens representative is asking for him to back it up. If that is too difficult for Mr. Binnings maybe Colorado Springs should take another look at working with Mr. Binnings and Summit Economics in the future.
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