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Re: “Reader: Manitou needs an explination

Explanation can't anyone spell anymore?

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 10/28/2017 at 12:34 AM

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

Thank you Pam for this report on the OUTRAGEOUS misuse of City govt excess revenue by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Dept. Govt and its agencies are not a Sugar Daddy that disburses excess profits to various non-profits considered by them to be deserving of public largess. Govt has no business participating in charitable projects because doing so is the responsibility of the citizenry. Any excess RBD profits should be returned to the City and used solely for stormwater and/or road maintenance both legitimate govt functions. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of new taxes the City asks the voters to pay. And, of course, the RBD fees for the next year should be reduced. And WHY are RBD employees being charitable with OUR not THEIR own personal money and not doing what is called for by the IGA? Is our City governed by laws or by the feel good whims of its bureaucrats? The citizens of COS are generous and can be depended upon to be charitable. The Indy Give and Gazette year-end annual campaigns together collect more than $2M from the citizenry for our local non-profits. Govt participation will only result in less participation by the citizens because govt has taken from the citizens the money they would otherwise have had available to donate and, more importantly, because the citizenry now view charitable giving as the responsibility of govt.

Learning that Utilities also wants to be a Sugar Daddy and is seeking Councils permission to donate to charitable causes is OUTRAGEOUS. Utilities responsibility is to its customers. Using utility revenue to disburse funds to its pet charities is OBSCENE. Instead, Utilities should reduce utility charges to its customers, which will make it possible for the citizens to afford to pay their utility bills as well as to donate to whatever charity THEY want to support.

And THANK YOU to our Council representatives Pico, Knight, and Murray, members of the Finance Committee, who understand the duties of govt and are attempting to repel the onslaughts by the spenders of other peoples money by progressives/socialists on the Council and within City govt.

On a related issue the Mayor and his allies lie to us and instead of being truthful, deceive us - VOTE NO on 2A.

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Posted by curious on 10/27/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

Issue 300 passed by the votes of Colorado Springs citizens. Issue 300 did not preclude collecting stormwater "fees." What it prevented was collecting those "fees" for stormwater and letting the stormwater enterprise use those "fees" to write big fat checks to the City to be used for whatever it wanted.

After the passage of Issue 300, City Council at that time was faced with two options:

1) "Keep the fees within the stormwater enterprise to do stormwater work (instead of collecting the fees for stormwater and passing the money on to be used for whatever the City government wanted); or

2) Disband the enterprise.

Ultimately, Council disbanded the enterprise because...what's the point of collecting taxes diguised as fees if you can't put them into a city slush fund and use them how you want?

Issue 2A is openly creating a slush fund. The mayor, Skorman and others are saying, "give us stormwater money and we'll shell game the money for whatever we feel like using it for."

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/27/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “The Indy's picks for the 2017 Coordinated Elections

@Mike who knew budgeting was so simple!!

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Posted by Matt 2 on 10/27/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

I'm sick and tired of City Counsel & the Mayor wanting more money in Fees and or Taxes and the bait and switch that is going on. When the former mayor gave away MILLIONS to Mayor Bach's buddies who retired early and now you keep telling us you need more and move money for the city budget? Now you say we don't have the money to cover for this when you already increased storm water fee before. I am a single paycheck homeowner and I refuse to pay another $5 a month or any more money for school taxes.

Also, If it is for storm water improvements, then why is the money also going to the Police funding? Why is the Marijuana tax money not going for school improvements and needs? Those taxes were added to the school budget, and then Governor diverted the State budget money designated for schools to other things. This is so WRONG!

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Posted by guruD on 10/27/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Indy's picks for the 2017 Coordinated Elections

@Robear23 Stormwater already IS in the budget, to the tune of about $17Million. The City has complained that this amount is not sufficient to handle the backlog of problems. Now here is the fun part, if you piece together all of the separate, but related, news articles on this. What you find is that the new "fee" will raise about $17Million in funding. The City has also suggested that, with this new dedicated funding, the existing money in the budget can be used on other things, like hiring police officers and buying police cars.

OK, get your calculator out, and remember that $17Million is not enough to handle the problem. Punch in $17Million (existing amount of money), then add another $17Million (the new fee money), then subtract $17Million (the existing money that we are going to reallocate to police projects) and hit the "=" button to see how much of an increase in spending we are going to see for stormwater. What is that number? I very nice "0"!!! Huh? But we were told $17Million was not enough? And it still won't be.

If the city were required to keep spending the current $17Million on stormwater, AND ALSO the new $17Million, this might be a good idea. But that is not the plan. The plan is to play the same old shell game that has put them behind for years.

Stormwater is a definite "NO VOTE!!!"

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Posted by Mike Randall on 10/27/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

rm lady is a teabagger that would prefer to live in a third world country city if it saved her a few pennies.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/27/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

Blogger Happy Few is a developer. Of course, he wants to scam lower income folks and seniors out of more money to put in his pocket.

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Posted by RM Lady Liberty on 10/27/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

"bait and switch" sounds good on a bumper sticker or yard sign (i'm sure your slumlord buddy will have many of these printed) but the money will get spent one way or another. It can come from the 2A funds or it can come out of the general fund. we either pay up or screw over our cops and firemen. a 2001 increase... really... teabaggers are such cheap wads, but will be the first to bitch about things not getting taken care of. If we do not find a suitable source of funding the EPA fines will only increase so we could throw more money away that way if the teabaggers have their way... come on old fart teabaggers think long term for once.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/27/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

Our water bill was ridiculous last month. Seems like CSU has plenty of our extra money already to cover that $5/month per residence.

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Posted by mizzo on 10/26/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

Thanks Helen. Sounds like we need to get rid of some of these crooks in city council.

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 10/26/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Rick, Ive lived here 41 years, my aunt and uncle since 1946. The changes have been numerous, not all good. I cant disagree with you; people have lost pride in themselves and community.


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Posted by William David Beadles on 10/26/2017 at 3:34 PM

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

The city has decided to flat out lie and say Gardner's didn't ask for the charges to be dropped.
"As I understood it, Sen. Gardner was requesting charges be dropped...? a defendant, Candi Frank, asked the prosecutor, Shantel Withrow, who replied, Yes, he did request that charges be dropped, but in reviewing the case, there is a violation of law that occurred and my office is the one that makes the ultimate decision.
Despite that and not having been privy to that recording city spokesperson Kim Melchor says that Gardner's staff never actually made that request.
So basically the city was asked did Gardner's request charges be dropped? The city lied and said no because continuing on after being asked not to would make them look ridiculous. Then Nat was like oh ya I have a recording of your city attorney saying Gardner's did request charges be dropped! The city just got caught in a lie, shocking.

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Posted by Kevin Jim Lahey on 10/26/2017 at 1:23 PM

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

Proving the City doesn't need the new fee and vote no on 2A.

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Posted by TruB on 10/26/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Creative Collective moving forward with Artspace development

I wonder if this will create similar patterns of growth as the RiNo District in Denver had? Rent hikes in surroundings areas...Displacement of homeless folx in the community there....
What is low income housing in other areas? Is it typically below $500/month?

I'm a low income artist-I love the idea of community space and working space in our city, how amazing!
Let us do this right. Let us move forward in the Colorado Springs way, not the Denver or New York or Chicago way!
New developments are, in fact, a form of gentrification it is difficult to avoid that. It is a demon to tackle when growing our city.
How are we going to address this?

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Posted by Jasmine Dillavou on 10/26/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Kid Rock cancels candidacy, announces Denver show

"it was all just a joke"... when is trump going to end the joke that is his presidency??

All he has done is damage his brand so "bigly" that it will never be able to be repaired.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/26/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Combating substance abuse within the LGBTQ community

You are mentally unfit to write articles please stop. No facts its just "Trumps fault" that lgbt people abuse drugs at a higher rate. Pathetic. Were they using drugs when Obama was president? Lets blame Obama now!

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 10/26/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “The art of executing a proper haunted house

Thank you for the wonderful article and capturing the spirit of the Haunt World!
- The Haunted Mines

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Posted by Stacy Packer on 10/26/2017 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Kid Rock cancels candidacy, announces Denver show

Saw him open for Aerosmith some years ago. Even back then he was a total ego maniac. Strippers in cages?!?!? On stage?!?!? Really?!?!? And as a musician I noted how he had to go around and play a riff on all the other instruments just to show everyone how good he was. NOT!

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Posted by Mikel Lee on 10/25/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “A Perfect Circle confirms new 2018 album at World Arena show

I've seen APC twice now in concert and they are amazing! I was lucky enough to witness Maynard announce the release of their new album and am so excited! Great show! Can't wait to see them again soon!

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Posted by Christina Loomis on 10/25/2017 at 9:40 PM

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