Monday, January 18, 2010

300: not-hot topic

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

On January 12, the majority of City Council, at the urging of Vice Mayor Larry Small, agreed to put off writing Issue 300 into the city law mainly for one reason: They wanted to give you, all of you, a chance to weigh in on it.

The city has struggled to define 300, which they say was vaguely written, though most Councilors now say that 300 will have all or most of the budget-busting effects intended by author Douglas Bruce.
Still, Council wanted to know what the voters thought they were voting for. Did voters simply think they were eliminating the city's Stormwater Enterprise, or were they also out to halt Colorado Springs Utilities' multi-million dollar payment in lieu of taxes to the city? Did voters even care if the city continued sharing services, such as fleet, with its enterprises?

Councilors were hoping you'd clue them in via e-mails and phone calls. According to Small, though, you haven't.

"I'll bet I haven't gotten five e-mails on that subject," Small said. "And [I've received] one call."

Small says he's heard that his colleagues also haven't had much response. The few people Small has heard from said they wanted to eliminate Stormwater, and didn't know or care about the other results 300 would have.

Small, however, thinks the city has no choice but to phase out PILT payments, which will further devastate the city budget.

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