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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: “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: “Where the hell is Kekistan?

While leftist Antifa babies and righty confederates get salty when their precious flags are burned, it takes a whole lot more than just burning the Kekistan flag to make Kekistanis salty ;)

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Posted by Kekistan Ambassador on 10/28/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

With ten days to go (as of this posting date) and with only 9% of the ballots returned as of the 19th - - do you think the stormwater measure will PASS or FAIL with the voters in a low turnout election with multiple tax measures on the ballot?

Posted by Robert Gentry on 10/28/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

issued needs to be addressed but charging $5 to large and small is not right, fee doesnt have to be
exact proportion, but some fairness , set Tier levels of property , such as small $2, medium $4, large $6, huge 8
small - apts, medium lot size to 5000, large lot size to 10,000, huge over 10,000 .

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Posted by apathetic on 10/28/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Reader: Manitou needs an explination

Keep Manitou Weird Again! Also most elections are run this way, not really that crazy.

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Posted by Matt 1 on 10/28/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

Man Suthers sure loves fees. I noticed he also must love him some Anschutz, odd his buddy at the Broadmoor doesnt get a big tax increase? You mean all of his land is exempt form our big city tax or fee or whatever they are trying to call it. So we get a rain tax and the Broadmoor and developers who owe huge portions of this city get nothing!!! Wake up people, odd the Gazette and the editorial staff is all for this tax ( oh yea they are owned by Anschutz/ Broadmoor) duh!

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Posted by el jef'e on 10/28/2017 at 7:58 AM

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: “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."

http://www.NoOn2A.com

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

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: “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.

Dave

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

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: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

Aimee Cox wrote a brilliant letter to the editor that appears in today's edition of the Indy -- I don't know why it's not posted here online (you can read it in the "Digital Edition" linked below). In her letter, Ms. Cox explains quite clearly why Manitou doesn't need "dark money" injected into its politics. Interestingly, Nicoletta above doesn't disavow or disown the the "Centrist Project's" attempt to buy, and own, her. Because she will be in their debt. It's easy to say "put politics aside" when secret, dark money is controlling her "politics."

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Posted by Scott Dreher on 10/25/2017 at 6:29 PM

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