Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Downtown says 'yes' to stormwater ballot measure

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

A measure that would generate about $39 million annually for flood control projects for 20 years has won the endorsement of the Downtown Partnership, which calls the proposal "reasonable."

The measure also has been endorsed by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Colorado Springs Forward, Norwood Development Group and the Broadmoor resort. Find a complete list here.

Voters will have their say at the Nov. 4 election.

Here's the downtown group's release:
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Downtown Partnership announced today its support of ballot issue 1B, providing a regional stormwater authority formed cooperatively by El Paso County to address stormwater projects, emergency needs, master planning and maintenance.

“For Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region to thrive, we must address our seriously inadequate stormwater infrastructure. This plan – the result of two years of citizen-led research and planning – is a reasonable and responsible solution to this very important issue,” said Hannah Parsons, chair of the Downtown Partnership board. “We have a vested interest because Downtown resides at the confluence of Monument and Fountain creeks, but more importantly Downtown Partnership supports this initiative because it is a regional solution bringing together leadership and representation from across the county. Water knows no boundaries, and neither should we.”

Also today, September 30, Downtown Partnership released responses by candidates up for election or re-election in November. Candidates for County Commissioner, State House District 18 and Senate District 11 answered a series of short questions about downtown, their leadership priorities and regional issues. Candidate responses can be found at Downtown Partnership’s website, www.DowntownPartnershipCS.org. Downtown Partnership did not endorse candidates but expressed a willingness to work with any of the candidates should they be elected.

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