Clarifications and additional information from the City of Colorado Springs:
Since Mayor Bach took office, the percent of General Fund expenditures on salaries (including severance) is down significantly. The percent of General Fund expenditures on benefits are also down – we achieved this decrease while accommodating mandated healthcare cost increases due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
In 2010, the City spent 55% of General Fund expenditures on salaries; in 2015, the City will spend 50% of General Fund expenditures on salaries – a 5% decrease. In 2010, the City spent 19% of General fund expenditures on benefits; in 2015, the City will spend 17% of General Fund expenditures on benefits – both significant decreases.
The following breakdown will help to further clarify expenses regarding Mr. Melcher’s departure:
$ 91,868 Severance
$16,430 Consulting service
$ 6,426 Health Premiums
$ 19,442 Vacation Payout (required)
$ 5,152 Hogan Lovells (Due to conflict of interest, outside counsel was
used to prepare severance package).
Mr. Melcher worked as a consultant - and consultants have not historically been required to fill out time sheets.
Lastly, regarding the quarterly reporting to City Council, all severance payments were widely reported by the media.
City Council oversees LART (Lodgers, Auto Rental Tax) and the only change is that they have asked applicants to provide the economic impact of their respective events.
Facts about Colorado Balloon Classic from the City of Colorado Springs http://coloradosprings.gov/cat/explore-pla…
To learn more about Mayor Bach's Stormwater Solution and to watch the Pikes Peak Region Mayors Caucus in regards to Stormwater and joint responsibility see the link below
The daily attendance is not a simple matter of dividing the total forecasted indoor attendance by the number of events. Mr. Murray calculates that the 172,250 attendance divided by 26 events equates to 6,625 per event, and then asks how 6,625 people can fit into a 3,100 seat stadium.The answer comes in several parts:
•First, all of the events are multi day events, with an average of 3.2 days. That then equates to 2,075 per day.
•Secondly, not all of the 172,250 are spectators. In fact, only about half are spectators. The rest are the athletes, coaches, trainers, staff, and others that travel to attend specific events.
•As to detail of the indoor uses: of the 26 forecasted events per year, 21 of them were assumed to be from 13 NGB’s currently located in Colorado Springs. The remaining 5 would come from yet to be recruited NGBs and Multi Sports Organizations (MSOs). Given the number of NGBs and MSO’s in the US, these forecasts are certainly reasonable.
This is the same budget structure that was voted on for both 2012 and 2013. In both years the budget was passed without structural issues, maintaing the 5 department format.
Regarding stormwater, Mayor Bach has proposed a new regional authority to manage stormwater.
You can read more about it here: http://mayorstevebach.com/mayor-bachs-storm-water-proposal/
An additional note: All Spirit of the Springs awards and certificates are paid for with proceeds from the Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament. No taxpayer dollars are used to purchase the awards.
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