Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Support City for Champions? Write a letter, Bach says

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

According to Mayor Steve Bach, there's only one media outlet in town. Today during remarks at the Downtown Partnership breakfast, the mayor urged those who support his $218 million City for Champions tourism proposal to make their thoughts known by writing a letter to the editor to the daily newspaper. Then he gave the e-mail address.

Bach: C'mon, supporters, get writing.
  • Bach: C'mon, supporters, get writing.
That's no surprise, considering the Gazette has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the proposal and was given a copy of the proposal and wrote stories about it days before the package was publicly released.

Bach also urged more than 400 people in the Antlers Hotel audience, the biggest-ever turnout for the breakfast, to contact City Council, which has refused to endorse the proposal despite its promised $82 million in state sales tax rebates. He gave Council's e-mail as well.

Next Tuesday, the city will learn what, if any, shortcomings in the proposal were detected by a third-party financial analyst, and begin submitting revisions. The proposal seeks money from the state under the Regional Tourism Act. The state Economic Development Commission will vote in December on whether to fund it.

Bach's proposal calls for construction of four venues: a downtown baseball stadium and events center, a downtown Olympic museum, a sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a new visitors center at the Air Force Academy.

During his remarks, Bach also spoke of his stormwater solution, which lumps drainage projects in with other capital needs, such as roads, bridges and vehicles, without a tax increase by issuing bonds for five years' worth of projects. El Paso County and the Springs City Council back the formation of a new authority to oversee the area's needs.

In other news from the breakfast, the Downtown Partnership honored the late Judy Noyes for her tireless support of downtown and for instigating the arts program that has placed more than 40 permanent works of art downtown. It also was announced that the Downtown Partnership and Community Ventures has established the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund to further advance downtown artwork.

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