Friday, April 30, 2010

Stormwater scofflaws, get out your checkbooks.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The city of Colorado Springs turned over $1.86 million worth of unpaid Stormwater Enterprise to A-1 Collections on Thursday, city spokeswoman Mary Scott says, the final chapter in the city's controversial attempt to charge fees from property owners to fund drainage projects.

A-1 will receive 30 percent of what they collect for their trouble, Scott says.

The fees, imposed in early 2007, were junked after voters embraced a ballot measure last November that the City Council interpreted as wanting to end Stormwater. The measure itself called for ending subsidies between the city and its enterprises, which includes a $26 million annual payment in lieu of taxes paid the city by Colorado Springs Utilities.

Since the beginning of Stormwater, many people simply refused to pay, egged on by anti-tax advocate Doug Bruce, who mounted the ballot measure.

Now, they'll face collection procedures. If they don't pay, it likely will show up as a black mark on their credit rating. But the City Council specifically directed that unpaid bills not be sent to the El Paso County treasurer for attachment to property tax bills.

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