I love this place! The staff is very friendly, the food is great and the tea is *amazing*! It's certainly a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth it. It's certainly not a conventional tea house and it's still early in it's development - having opened doors in April, but the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed. It's also great to have a new music venue in the Springs on Tuesday nights. Definitely worth checking out!
For those of you thinking the tax dollars you think you're saving are going into the general fund or into local bus services, check the article again. "Though FREX gets no city funding, 40 percent of its $2 million budget — about $800,000 — comes from PPRTA. Coincidentally, $800,000 is the annual deficit in the city general fund transit budget. So the mayor would like to see the PPRTA funds redirected to cover that shortfall.
But that might not happen as planned. Even before the mayor canceled FREX, Martin noted PPRTA's attorney is working with the city attorney to determine how they can use the money that went to FREX."
Honestly, I think Bach is asking the city attorneys to find out if he could use that money to fund his river walk project to help himself and his real estate developer buddies, or to try and pay for his "live it up" marketing scheme that cost us all more than $100K...
I've been riding the FREX almost every day for the last year and it's been a very reliable, affordable and environmentally-friendly way for me to get to work in Denver. I'd happily work in the Springs if there were good jobs available, but there just aren't.
Yes, we really need to get the city budget under control, but getting rid of the only reliable regional transportation we have that so many people rely on, doesn't seem like the right answer. I'd highly recommend looking at ditching the Mayor's "Live it up" marketing campaign, or reducing the 6-figure incomes for the city attorneys, assistant attorney, assistant to the assistant attourney, etc etc ad nauseum. Besides cutting back on some city spending, a slight increase on taxes for the costs of purchasing and maintaining a motor vehicle, an increase of fares for riding regional and local buses seems like a good place to start. I know I'd happily pay and extra buck or two per trip to avoid the I-25 congestion, paying $4/gallon and Denver parking rates.
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