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!
So if I understand this correctly:
This city consistently complains about not having enough money.
The mayor unilaterally dismantled the only regional mass-transit system in the city that brought Colorado Springs workers to Denver and back home again to pay sales taxes, property taxes, etc to the city. Many of those workers moved out of the Springs to be closer to their jobs and so we lost *that* revenue.
Public schools are horribly under-funded and parents are required to pay additional registration fees to get their kids a decent education while teachers - on a minimal salary - still have to go out and purchase supplies out of pocket. MJ sales tax revenue could have supported our educational system.
Public transportation is broken and those relying on that transportation can't get to their jobs - which pays the city more tax revenues. Again - more lost tax revenue that could have supported our city.
PrideFest was hidden away from the public - faaaar away from any local businesses that would have benefited from tens of thousands of people visiting their shops, eating in their cafes, etc. (I guess gay money isn't as valuable to the city as straight money)
And now - a *booming* business opportunity here in the Springs... passed by because of this pseudo morality? Look at Downtown! There's a bar every 15 feet and alcohol has led to more violence, more crime, more deaths and more urban plight than MJ *ever* has.
Ever see an angry gang of marijuana users fighting in the street? No. They're safe at home with a skittles pizza and enjoying watching "Fantasia".
Another dumb move by our city council.
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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