After last nights meeting, I'm thinking we could go even larger than 10K. This decision should not be done by speculation alone. I know that the business plan is in the works but I believe that the business plan might even be bigger than some suspect! I am very excited about this project. It has teeth!!
Anita, thank you for your factual response. I appreciate your research and dedication to understanding the facts.
Everyone else, I apologize. I had a weak moment and spoke too soon. I thought that we might have a meaningful dialogue here. I now see my mistake and realize that not much can really come from this forum. If you would like to come out from behind your screen names and talk, please do. I will be at the next C4C meeting, 8/19 5-7p at the new library. It will be a good opportunity to learn more about the project and voice your concerns. We can even chat face to face. Otherwise, this will be my last post unless I have another moment of weakness. Cheers!
Mr. K (whoever you are?) and Gary. Let's take a minute here to level-set. I am not childish nor blind. I have lived in this community since 1997 and have seen the rise and falls of our community. Furthermore, I am a contributing member of society and give as much and as often as I can to our community.
C4C is currently proposed as a Tax Increment Finance project (TIF). We have had several of these type of projects recently. In fact, I personally am a property owner in the Lowell Neighborhood, one of the urban renewal (TIF) funded projects.
I am not a beacon for developers. I did not participate in the promotion of Copper Ridge or the Vineyard Data Center Park, two other recent TIF projects. Personally, I liked the idea of University Village because I selfishly wanted another Costco and the possibility of Trader Joe's coming to town. Both the Costco and Trader Joe's are a soon reality but the Powers interchange, Nordstrom's and the data centers have yet to be materialized. None the less, these projects have all moved forward, similarly with little to no citizen involvement. Fact is, University Village is behind in their TIF payments but will soon catch up and everyone will call it a success. It is a success. The fact that I don't have to wait at that smelly, old Comcast office to get a new DVR was totally worth it! Yet, you mention the breaking of tax payer backs?! The only back-breaking I see going on is that from people buying tons of mulch from the new Lowes or shooting guns that they got at the Bass Pro Shop.
I like the fact that you're well read and know quotes from dead people. I seldom ever call people out, as you can see from my comment history, unlike yours Mr K. Before Bill Murray was in office, he tried to disrupt one of my meetings as Chair of the TPAC (Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee to the City). He thought that Google fiber was the next best thing to sliced bread and was appalled that we didn't have gigabit internet speeds in our city. I applauded Mr. Murray for his enthusiasm but helped him understand that that was not a realistic target for us to focus on. We were already in process of responding to the Google RFP along with 560 other responding cities.
I believe that Mr. Murray is a smart man and has great intentions. Same for Joel. I also believe, though, that both of their actions are negative and counter productive. Here you have two smart men that can tear apart ideas till the cows come home, but we have yet to see them contribute any positive or alternative proposals on how to move our community forward. I went to Joel's town hall. He's was pissed. He's upset that C4C wasn't "approved" by him and I assume, can't take any of the credit. Thus, it's a bad idea?!?
C4C is a big deal and here's why. 56% of the city's general budget comes from sales tax. That being said, what are we doing as a community to increase sales tax revenue streams? The local population can only buy so much. In order for us to increase sales tax, we need the population to grow, incomes to rise or draw new visitors to the area. The RTA money ($120.5M) that has been "awarded" to C4C is designated to specifically increase out of state visitors to the area. In order to get the money, we have to accomplish that one goal. Colorado Springs has some good things going for it. The Air Force Academy, The Olympic Movement, UCCS (Crags health history) and downtown. These are all areas that we can focus on and grow. The objective of C4C is to draw visitors to Colorado Springs and have them spend money. This will then have a cause/effect impact upon our airport, hotels, roads, street lights, parks, etc... Good stuff!
Developers are such an easy target in this town. The problem is that we all live in one of their homes, shops in their stores and drive on their roads. What would we do without developers? William J Palmer, Spencer Penrose, David Jenkins, Jeff Smith, Gary Erickson, Vince Colarelli, Earl Robertson and Phil Anschutz... Big or small, Colorado Springs loves to hate them. Perhaps, though, without developers Garden of Gods may not have been a garden after all???
Here's some more good reading for you guys before you respond. I gotta run but look forward to hearing your heartfelt responses.
Ok Bill, you can re-live the same ole day, over and over again like you did in the movie "Groundhog Day." Meanwhile, we will move forward and advance our city with jobs, revenue and economic development. If you're so concerned with benefiting our citizens, why are you so focused on holding us back?? Seems like a power trip or personal vendetta to build your own empire rather than advance the citizens at-large!
They should now play the video backwards and tell people that they've taught the bear to take out the trash! LOL
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