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Re: “Why other cities offer much lower prices for pools and rec

This is a good article. Before they turned the pools over to the Y Cottonwood used to have a Saturday night family Swim where you could get your whole family in for $15. It was usually packed. The pool at Memorial Park used to offer punch cards for $4/ visit. While the Y keeps the pools running they also maintain a near monopoly on pools in the area. Keeping the daily fee high encourages people to get a Y membership. Swimming is fun but knowing how to swim can be a life saving skill. This skill is not learned at a Spray ground. The City should look at a small subsidy so children can get access to swimming for a reasonable cost. If we can offer millions in tax breaks to corporations we should be able to find a little bit of $ to help our communities children.

Posted by Frank Pado on 07/21/2019 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Ignoring the people’s voice

A million dollar a month electrical bill; for BitCoin production ... that is a lot of heat and fuel being used to make a what; a digital currency?

Our new 'growth' is a little embarrassing at times. "City of Champions". What are we "Championing" here lately?

Creek side gas station in Ivy Wild, massive parking variance waivers, parking meter increases (oh yeah, that will fix the budget. #fail), 20% rent increases, unimaginable volumes of trash along our creeks, muggings in the parks, 10% property tax increases,
Million dollar tax breaks for new businesses to move here?

Is the rapid boom of new growth worth the disposal of the previous businesses and citizens that built our city?

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 07/20/2019 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Three downtown parks slated for design makeover

Charity is a wonderful thing.

Charity without outreach is not helping anybody.
Marion House should be helping to keep Acacia, and Antlers reasonably clean.
The Springs Rescue Mission should be helping to keep Dorchester reasonably clean.

Instead; these parks have had all the picnic tables removed in a bizarre attempt to prevent 'homeless' from gathering and trashing the place.

The trash that is blowing around Dorchester on a daily basis is a shame to the city. Providing sustenance and provisions to people that won't even clean the area around where they 'live' is a near Biblical disgrace of what a tithe and a gift is supposed to accomplish.

Bancroft had tables; now gone. Soon; the 'redesign' will do away with the covered shelter in a rather lame attempt to discourage teh 'homeless' from gathering.

So much charity; so little outreach. At some point in time; it has to be more than a tax write-off; or an easement of success guilt. The enormous sums of monies seem to be doing little more than to provide for more food, and more clothes and blankets that are left strewn around downtown and creek side.

Charity without outreach is making the city a blowing trash dump.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 07/20/2019 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Ignoring the people’s voice

TL;DR

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Posted by missjoanne on 07/19/2019 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Three downtown parks slated for design makeover

Jeremiah Twomey, what?

Two of these parks, Acacia and Antlers are way over do for a makeover, especially Antlers. The Antlers Park is a great historic park but provides a location that is out of site, out of mind providing transients a place to congregate. It's completely under utilized by the residents. Create activity- concerts, festivals, etc., and you drive out those elements. It's a shame the Antlers Hotel looks out over this park and I hope the staff at the hotel would never recommend any of their guests to visit that park.

Acacia is a great downtown park and already has so many aspects in it's favor. I love the bandshell but when is it ever used? Schedule a Friday or Saturday evening concert where people can bring their chairs, enjoy food from some of our great food trucks or dine at one of the great locally owned downtown restaurants before or after the concert. That's a fun date night!

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 07/19/2019 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Council approves parking variance for Ivywild project

Interesting thought: Colorado becoming like New York-Chicago-New Orleans. All corrupt and grafty with bunches and bundles of Benjamins sliding around about 32" off the floor just under the salad plates.

As far back as I can remember (1950) until 2015 - the city had a long run of really good and decent people on council and a few good mayors. Even when the pay was a buck a year.

Do you suppose all on council have both hands under the table - - the majority of them - - just a few, only one or two?

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/19/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Voters not likely to be consulted on future parkland swaps or sales

From Mary Talbott: Thanks to the Colorado Springs Independent for the Voice of Reason column and Pam Zubeck for "Our green new deal" (July 17 - 23) for publicizing the 11th-hour effort by Wayne Williams to create a system that would enable elected officials to dispose of parkland when it is convenient for the council. Council, no one assumes politicians will act in the public interest. Not infrequently, politicians act to retain or advance their political careers first and foremost. Our campaign finance rules ensure that big money influences, if not outright buys, many politicians. Yes, there are some good people in office, but no guarantees. The Strawberry Fields debacle is just one example of a highly questionable deal. The Protect Our Parks (POP) measure proposed after five months of work by the expansive, diverse committee must go on the ballot. Politicians should have to be transparent and fully explain the facts regarding any proposed sale of public property to persuade voters to approve the sale. Moreover, they should be required to sign sworn statements that they and their families will not benefit in any way directly or indirectly from any proposed deal involving disposing of parkland. Additionally, each politician should be prohibited from accepting any campaign contributions from any individual or entity involved in any part of these transactions for a period of not less than ten (10) years. The people, not politicians who are temporary office holders, should decide major land swaps or sales as those actions are permanent. As the President of the City Council said in the article, "I don't distrust this council to make a bad decision, but I've seen councils in the past that I would distrust. You just can't trust elected officials to always make the right decisions, speaking as one."

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 07/19/2019 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Three downtown parks slated for design makeover

More city council friends getting money from us and a kickback for their s and the corrupt mayors pockets

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Posted by Jeremiah Twomey on 07/19/2019 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Council approves parking variance for Ivywild project

Its under the table money for the city council and mayors pocket all crooked

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Posted by Jeremiah Twomey on 07/19/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

Another option, since it's unfair to have no tax on AirBnBs but have high taxes on hotel rooms, is to lower the tax on hotel rooms. One big benefit of AirBnB is that it provides an abundance of low cost housing options which ultimately helps homelessness. Supply and Demand.

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Posted by L. Ibertarian on 07/19/2019 at 10:07 AM

Re: “State forgot to check email for abuse reports

Good on DHS for not making excuses and stating the facts. I respect an organization that doesnt try to hide its mistakes but instead takes action. Thats exactly what they did by intervening in those five cases. Thank you, DHS, for the important work you do for our community and our most vulnerable members.

Posted by Lynsye Louise on 07/18/2019 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Recall petitions approved for Lee, Pettersen

These same patriots would indict Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln!!!! ABSURD!!!!

Posted by Howard Kirstel on 07/18/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Colorado moves forward, nation rolls back on LGBTQ rights

Trump's tweets pertain to sexual orientation, but no mention of gender identity.

Posted by Alouette de Mer on 07/18/2019 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Business district now admits Scheels sales figure "was wrong"

Interesting point from one who uses a screen handle with the word 'chix' in the title.

But your point is well taken and appreciated! I will find another way to refer to numbers being artificially inflated.

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/17/2019 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Polis and local officials: Build more roads for military bases

While I cannot contest the need for new roads -and admittedly it is Federal Accountability, but has anyone shown the Governor the horrific conditions of Base Housing?

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Posted by Joseph Anthony on 07/17/2019 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Business district now admits Scheels sales figure "was wrong"

Mr. Wehner, is it possible to make your point without referring to chicks or padded bras. I find those comments demeaning to women. thanks for your consideration.

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Posted by prairie chix on 07/17/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Council approves parking variance for Ivywild project

I think this is fine, not a big deal at all. Parking around there is tough, I get it, but this opens up an opportunity for the business to partnership with a ride sharing company, to reduce the amount of cars requiring spaces.

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Posted by Matt 2 on 07/17/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

STR's, aka Airbnbs, are not long term rental stays. They are exactly like a B&B or vacation home and should be taxed accordingly. If hotels, b&bs, cabins, cottages, campgrounds have to pay taxes than STR's should as well. If you are planning on going into business for yourself, which is what these property owners are doing, then you need to pay taxes.

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 07/17/2019 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Stop playing with parks ownership

Parks should perhaps be taken out of the hands of 'politicians' and placed with a Parks Board with it's own dedicated revenue stream? Parks are very important for the region. Politicians, not so much.

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/17/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

Please check out www.npaofcos.org if any of the following three points concern you. It's a group of concerned residents called the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs.

This idea of taxing STRs (Short Term Rentals) at the commercial rate is, frankly, not crazy government over-reach. The reality is that government has a constitutional right to tax (like it or not). Mr. Schleiker understands that Colorado State tax laws define lodging as "stays of less than 30 days". Lodging activity is defined the same way in Colorado Springs City Code and the IRS sees it that way too. It's not surprising that El Paso County wants it's share of tax as well. For more info, check out the State's FYI document regarding lodging taxes here:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Sales11.pdf.

It's not a new tax. It's been on the books in Colorado State law for many years.

That's point one. Point two is that commercial lodging activity has no business in residential areas. The idea that providing housing to local residents (long term rentals) is exactly the same activity as providing short-term lodging to guests just doesn't hold water: lodging does not equal residing. Limited, owner-occupied home occupations certainly do belong in residential areas (like an accountant or hair stylist), but full-time STR lodging activity in otherwise unoccupied homes doesn't. The City's current STR laws allow a nearly unlimited amount of our homes and apartments to be converted to full-time STR use (yes, there are still some folks that actually live in the properties that they're offering as STRs and we support that), which leads to point three.

Point three is that most listings (over 75%) in Colorado Springs are whole-home listings, and just under half (at last check in February) were offered by multi-listing "hosts" who do not reside in the residences that they are offering. This practice is taking desperately-needed housing options away from the full-time rental and owner market. Study after study proves that non-owner-occupied STRs are NOT the cause of our housing availability crisis, but they are absolutely exacerbating it.

In 2013, there were 69 TOTAL Airbnb listings in Colorado Springs. In Q2 of 2019, there were 2,605 ACTIVE listings. That's a growth rate of 3,775%. If you don't have a hotel next door to you now, just wait. Actually, don't wait. Contact Council and ask them to add a primary residency requirement to STRs and encourage them to follow through with the density caps on STR permits that are being discussed.

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Posted by Neighborhood Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs on 07/17/2019 at 12:40 PM

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