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Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

The 'opposition' is the citizens who are fed up with govt taking our money in taxes and fees and then redistributing it to their political allies who are undermining our personal liberties, those liberties guaranteed to us by the Constitution. I wonder if you know just what the Koch Brothers are doing in the political playing field with THEIR OWN money. In supporting anti-progressive/socialist schemes, they are doing all in their power to see that politicians, judges, and others in positions of leadership uphold the Constitution. And, BTW, the Koch's donated zero dollars to Trump's campaign because they don't like him any more than you do.

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Posted by curious on 11/01/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Pueblo's marijuana museum fizzles

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Posted by Aubree Adams on 11/01/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

The person running the fund works for AFP so no surprise. I don't like the wording of this tax bUT let's understand that the 'opposition' is still a GOP lobby group.

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Posted by TruB on 11/01/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Regional Building Department shells out nearly $1 million to projects and causes

In that case, refund the excess profit to everyone who got a permit or whatever during that period. Donating to charity is not a legitimate function of govt.

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Posted by curious on 10/31/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

"holding the developers accountable is necessary but won't happen any time soon.."

So how in the world can you justify throwing your money at the problem before accountability is established? It's like writing a blank check to your drug-addict uncle--before he's even checked himself into rehab.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/31/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

certainly agree that developers have long been the problem for this city... just don't want to hurt the city in an attempt to call out the developers. holding the developers accountable is necessary but won't happen any time soon because rich people use legal methods to delay outcomes. we need stormwater dealt with now.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/31/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Sen. Gardner mum on trespass case so activists petition Nor'Wood

Looks like these 'activists' lie as much as Gardner.

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Posted by TruB on 10/31/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Regional Building Department shells out nearly $1 million to projects and causes

It is frustrating that individuals are drawing a false relationship between Regional Building Department funds, and the excess amounts that have been accumulated there, and the City's revenue stream, with a particular emphasis on Stormwater.

The Regional Building Department IS NOT a department of the City of Colorado Springs and does not fall under the City's leadership or direction. City funds and Regional Building Department funds are not tied together in any way - excess revenue at the Regional Building Department cannot be shared with the City's General Fund and the opposite is also true.

I get it: some people will oppose 2A. But to base that opposition on the assumption that the Regional Building Department's excess funds could be used by the City for any purpose, to include Stormwater, is a misunderstanding of how funds are allocated and used by different agencies within the Pikes Peak Region.

Posted by Scott Hente on 10/31/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

Happy Few: "helping keep the rich developers, their buddies, rich!"

Actually, the passage of 2A is little more than a bailout for developers who have been allowed to cut corners or slip building drainage altogether in their developments.

www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/31/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

coke whore bro's are helping keep the rich developers, their buddies, rich!! they don't give a rats rear about you poor folks. even if the city gets sued, it doesn't cost the developers anything.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/31/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Routon honored by Mayor John Suthers with Spirit of the Springs Award

I'm surprised Ralph would let himself be used by a politician. Way to cosy.

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Posted by Gopher on 10/30/2017 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Vote NO if you want Pueblo and Pueblo County to take COS to court, as they should, for not living up to COS' obligations to address stormwater problems that affect Fountain Creek from COS to Pueblo.

We in the Arkansas Valley are tired of Springs voters who continually vote to shortchange themselves and everyone downstream on the stormwater problem.

I shouldn't say "We" however. I live in COS now, and I voted YES!! Freeloaders be gone!!

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Posted by Russ Johnson on 10/30/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

Does anyone think the Koch Bros. and American for Prosperity give a Tinkers damn about our storm water issues?

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 10/30/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Regional Building Department gives away nearly $1 million in donations

It is frustrating that individuals are drawing a false relationship between Regional Building Department funds, and the excess amounts that have been accumulated there, and the City's revenue stream, with a particular emphasis on Stormwater.

The Regional Building Department IS NOT a department of the City of Colorado Springs and does not fall under the City's leadership or direction. City funds and Regional Building Department funds are not tied together in any way - excess revenue at the Regional Building Department cannot be shared with the City's General Fund and the opposite is also true.

I get it: some people will oppose 2A. But to base that opposition on the assumption that the Regional Building Department's excess funds could be used by the City for any purpose, to include Stormwater, is a misunderstanding of how funds are allocated and used by different agencies within the Pikes Peak Region.

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Posted by Scott Hente on 10/30/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

The focus of the EPA and CO Dept of Health lawsuit is on the Citys failure to follow its own rules when approving and overseeing developer stormwater infrastructure. In one case, the lawsuit details an $11.4 million shortcut provided to developers (see entire lawsuit complaint):
The Cottonwood Creek DBPS estimated [a] total cost reduction of approximately $11.4 million (January 1992 dollars) by eliminating the proposed detention ponds and associated fees, and reducing the Cottonwood Creek Drainage and Bridge Fees. [charged to developers]

Much more at www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Thank you, Mr Rusinak.

www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

oh ya um big fat NO!!!!

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 10/30/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Regional Building Department gives away nearly $1 million in donations

And they wonder why they can't get a stormwater fee passed .... duh!!

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Posted by Lynne Bliss on 10/30/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

An except from 2015 EPA report cited in the EPA lawsuit that speaks to how seriously the City takes stormwater issues:

"Of the 105 projects on the CIP [Capital Improvement Program] list, it appeared that four stormwater oriented projects were included and slated for funding in 2015:
Companion Drainage Projects $412,000
Drainage Basin Planning Studies $150,000
Emergency Drainage Repairs High Priority $500,000
Infrastructure Damage Repair $80,000."

Though the City couldn't seem to find a high enough priority for much stormwater spending in 2015's Capital Improvement Budget, here's what the City DID find funding for on that list (taken from 2015 Budget):

Downtown Streetscape Project $864,000
Museum Exterior Renovation $299,550
Museum HVAC Upgrades $200,000
On-Street Bikeway Improvements $411,970
Summit House Design $1,500,000
Fire Station Bathroom Remodel: $517,625 (2019)

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

I have been saying for years the city has been approaching the legal issues all wrong. With the challenges the city has been facing with water availability this issue should be coupled with a fight to reinterpret the Water Law of the West.

Certainly first users have claim to the natural runoff. But any excess runoff should be claimed by the creators of that runoff. The City should claim its right to use that excess for its own purposes. That water should be captured and purified into the city water system or traded as irrigation water to downstream users in exchange for upstream water.

Such would provide a couple of benefits. It would help to alleviate water crises we have experienced. It also would tactically redirect the legal fight to being between downstream users and Pueblo, who is wishing to restrict that flow.

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Posted by Keith Hamburger on 10/29/2017 at 11:41 AM

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