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Re: “Father of inmate says he raised red flags to jail personnel about his son’s mental state

It all comes down to money. Nobody wasn't to fund mental healthcare in this country.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 01/17/2019 at 1:29 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

I attended the hearing. It's clear that the whole annexation issue is a ruse. The Air Force asked for this property to be annexed. The city did not initiate this request. The Air Force did. . There will be no property tax on the Visitors' Center property. The road connecting to the new city annex will remain a private road controlled by the Air Force and the Air Force will have jurisdiction over free speech activities at the location. .

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Posted by Gopher on 01/17/2019 at 10:29 AM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

The man needs to go!

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 01/16/2019 at 7:17 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

This might answer boomer47's question about ownership. The city says the Academy owns the property and will lease it to the developer. Here's the entire explanation from the city about "True North Commons," the development's label, apparently:

"This project includes applications for annexation of approximately 183 acres with associated zone change, master plan and concept plan establishment. Although the proposed annexation does consist of 183 acres, over 125 of those acres are dedicated per the master plan for open space. The overall developable acres will be just over 57 acres. The United States Air Force is the applicant and property owner for these applications and will ultimately remain the underling property owner. USAFA will enter into a contract with the developer (Blue & Silver) in an Enhanced Use Lease which is separate and independent of any city processes. Under the Enhanced Use Lease, the property will be subject to typical property and sales taxes as if the land was privately owned.

"The United States Air Force Academy petitioned the City for annexation on October 23, 2018. This annexation meets the Colorado State Statute requirements for an annexation being heard before a municipality. Since that time the developer has prepared the land use applications required by the City and these have been reviewed by all applicable City agencies. In addition outside agencies including the United States Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and Colorado Geologic Survey have reviewed the proposed items. All agency comments have been addressed and the proposed applications are moving forward to public hearing.

"All development that will be proposed in the future once annexed will be required to follow the City standard process for development which will include meeting all standard criteria for Stormwater."

But merely annexing the property doesn't add it to the tax rolls if it's owned by a tax-exempt entity, such as the Academy. I would guess that the 57 developed acres will be subject to taxes, whereas the balance of land designated as open space would not be taxed. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 01/16/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

Kudos to you, Joel. That's how many have felt for years about how this city operates and how the taking of future revenue from these projects is why this city can never get ahead. We are always told how "growth is good" - right! and then ask for more taxes to fix our roads, etc. Why the taxpayers always have to help these developers with their projects is beyond me. If the city wants to declare undeveloped grass-land/prairie as "blighted", then they need to start paying more attention to many of our "blighted" residential neighborhoods and declare them blighted also and get something done (i.e. sidewalks, curb & gutter, dead trees, weeds, etc, etc). Many areas of the city are falling apart.
What I'm curious about though is that I understand the city being able to annex "private" property, but the USAF property is deemed a federal reservation just like Peterson, Fort Carson, etc and they don't pay taxes to the city. Is the USAF selling this property to the developer?

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Posted by boomer47 on 01/16/2019 at 9:53 AM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

Annexation is just step 1. Why? Because the City, County and PPRTA cannot collect sales taxes on USAFA property.

Step 2: Declare the entire area as blighted. This triggers State law in place to deal with urban blight situations. It has been twisted to allow open space to be declared as blighted. Under the law, once declared by local officials as blighted, the area can be designated an urban renewal area. Taxes collected in urban renewal areas under state law are allowed to bypass the City, County, PPRTA and even D20 School District coffers.

Step 3: Hijack the many millions collected in City, County, PPRTA and D20 taxes and transfer them to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority or URA. This agency serves as a conduit or what I call a money laundering agency to take public funds and transfer them to private development interests. The URA will transfer dollars and even get municpal bonds (debt) to assist the developer. So, tens of millions in local tax dollars will be collected to assist the private profit center development.

Far fetched? Hardly. Colorado Springs City Council just approved $51.9 million collected as City sales and property taxes to be transferred the URA (and then to private development interests) for building private development in SW Downton (http://www.informcos.com/cscctif.html). The El Paso County Commission approved the transfer of $44.5 million in County sales and property taxes to the URA for that same private development (http://www.informcos.com/bocctif.html). The D11 School Board approved the transfer of $119 million in D11 school taxes to be transferred to the URA for that same private development. This new USAFA annexation project will transfer tens of millions more in local tax dollars to private development.

The City sales tax office and the County Tax Assessor appear to be working overtime to collect sales and property taxes from citizens for private development. These public hearings are for show. Every city council member already knows how he or she will vote. And my guess is that they would not be conducting the dog and pony show of public hearings if there was not a majority in support.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/16/2019 at 7:21 AM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

What else would you expect from Little Johnnie Suthers (aka Mayor Anschutz)?

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Posted by John Spengler on 01/15/2019 at 11:18 PM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

You were expecting something different? The situation of who controls Colorado Springs/El Paso county couldn't be more obvious, and has been that way for decades. No "conspiracy" here, now move along.
(i do hope the sarcasm is completely clear)

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Posted by gregaj7 on 01/15/2019 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Hunters, hikers and anglers can't access millions of acres of public land

This is a nice article. It is a little bit far from home.

I am uncomfortable accessing the Concrete Couch's "Quarry" experiment - that part of Colorado Springs is ruined for years to come.

A hundred people were granted access to land; and not provided porta-potties or basic sanitation access. Trash and debris blew all over the surrounding neighborhoods; and the vegetation in the area was either trampled to dust; or cut down and burned.

I care for these far away places; but will there be any local actions taken by the Concrete Couch to repair the damage that they enabled to our local outdoor areas?

Posted by Anthony Springer on 01/14/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Sheriff’s Office is losing deputies from the ranks

I was a deputy with El Paso County for years and I worked in the jail. The jail is the most dangerous jail in the state. There's absolutely no physical control over the population. You're responsible for possibly a hundred-plus inmates by yourself. A good portion of them are violent maniacs. You're working for an organization that treats you like absolute crap. You make good money after about five years but it's not worth it. You're never going to get promoted unless you're friends with the right people. This job has absolutely no redeemable qualities. You're hated by the community you're hated by your neighbors. if anyone says otherwise they've obviously not done the job before. If you decide to work here, good luck you will need it.

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Posted by Howard Ferguson on 01/11/2019 at 12:39 PM

Re: “El Paso County jail deputies might get less training, Sheriff Bill Elder says

These guys would rather lower the standards than actually fix the problems of why people are leaving. Anyone that would work for this organization needs their head examined. I worked for these guys for 11 years and it was a miserable, miserable 11 years. They will promise you it's going to get better but it never does and it never did in the 11 years I was there it only got worse. If you go here don't plan on getting promoted unless you're friends with the sheriff or one of his cronies.

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Posted by Howard Ferguson on 01/11/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Crossroads detox facility to shut down temporarily

Sheriff Maketa like him or not did not have all of this incompetence going on while he was the Sheriff. He had more deputies on the street and in the jail. There was not deputies beat up or assaulted as they have had in the Jail under Elder. The Detox center, the partnerships with the hospital, mental health and substance abuse centers he was able to bring them together and make it work with the help of the BOCC. We see none of this here I bet the Republican Party and the employees of EPSO wished they had Maketa back. At least he could balance a budget, and provide a line item detail of the Departments expense unlike Elder 4 to 6 pages of the useless power point he provides.

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Posted by Chad Stone on 01/11/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Crossroads detox facility to shut down temporarily

Who couldnt see this coming. BOCC and Elder is incompetence continues to grow. Just another example of lack of leadership in this County from the elected leaders.

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Posted by Chad Stone on 01/09/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “The public faces land access issues everywhere

Giving Palmer Land Trust credit for executing a conservation easement on Strawberry Fields is like congratulating the fox for not eating all the chickens.

Posted by doonya on 01/09/2019 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Jared Polis announces first cabinet picks

Silky:

You're a poor loser. Grow up. You lost. Get over it.

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Posted by Bill W. on 01/09/2019 at 7:08 PM

Re: “City facing lawsuit for not disclosing secretive airport deal records

More city filth.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/09/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Jared Polis announces first cabinet picks

Can't believe this dipshit won by basing his campaign on full-time kindergarten. Glad we're addressing the things that really matter. Welcome to Colofornia!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 01/09/2019 at 9:55 AM

Re: “City reins in its sales tax revenue forecast

How many major national firms have moved to Reno, bringing in high paying jobs during the term of Hillary Schieve and how many major national firms have moved to Colorado Springs, bringing in high paying jobs during the term of John Suthers?

A 'thriving economy' is one that features revenues moving up and to the right - not turning flat. Zubeck is the only reporter in town noticing real numbers? Or perhaps the only one to report them?

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Posted by R Wehner on 01/09/2019 at 3:51 AM

Re: “City reins in its sales tax revenue forecast

Actually, if after sitting through "Twinkie Time at the Broadmoor with John" - one were to go home and do some casual 'Googling' one might find that the slowest growth rate in per capita income, dating back to Mary Lou Makepeace's time in office - - - has been during the Suthers administration. For comparison:

$68,027.00 for Boulder
$59,660.00 for Denver
$54,615.00 for Omaha
$50,539.00 for Fort Collins
$47,729.00 for Huntsville
$46,529.00 for Colo Spgs

It's all about creating REVENUE - but you are doing one hell of a job with lawsuits, John.

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Posted by R Wehner on 01/09/2019 at 3:23 AM

Re: “City reins in its sales tax revenue forecast

"Rather, Suthers labeled the local economy as booming, and hailed a thriving job market, citing the $77,000 annual median salary for posted jobs in the region. "

Please NOTE: $77,000 is the number for 'Posted Jobs' - not the actual real income per capita.

Have you ever gone to your bank and tried to deposit money you hope to make? And will the bank accept only the actual real money you actually have available for deposit?

John, relax Dude - you will get re-elected as Vice Mayor when your turn comes up without putting out Fluff Numbers!

The ACTUAL Per Capita Personal Income in Colorado Springs, CO (MSA) is only $46.529 for 2017 according to numbers last adjusted 15 Nov 2018 by the Federal Government.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Per Capita Personal Income in Colorado Springs, CO (MSA) [COLO808PCPI], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/COLO808…, January 9, 2019.

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Posted by R Wehner on 01/09/2019 at 2:33 AM

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