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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?

7 likes, 7 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Scott Hente on 10/30/2017 at 4:34 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!!

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Lynne Bliss on 10/30/2017 at 10:37 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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Keith Hamburger on 10/29/2017 at 11:41 AM

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

In a small town where gratuitous awards are handed out like halloween candy - this is one award that has been a long time coming and one richly deserved. Thank you Ralph!

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Posted by R Wehner on 10/28/2017 at 2:52 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.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by curious on 10/27/2017 at 2:33 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: “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!!!"

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mike Randall on 10/27/2017 at 10:58 AM

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.

4 likes, 1 dislike
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.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by TruB on 10/26/2017 at 1:06 PM

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

You would think that tourism revenue would stay here, 1.5 billion annually, but no. Most touristy shops and features are out of state owned. I see the lone Star atop the Texas pikes peak summit house....Trick or Treat! Nobody owns ANYTHING!!! Ha-ha! Money is not REAL!

Posted by londen on 10/25/2017 at 8:34 PM

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

Are you kidding, Mark Waller? You overcharge citizens to get permits to fix their houses then you "give away" their money to pet causes? How about refunding the permit fees and lowering future fees? On what planet can you call yourself a limited government proponent?

RBD continues to earn the reputation of a good-ole-boy organization. First it was no-bid contracts to political operatives to fund the last stormwater effort. Then it was the proposal to partner with the areas biggest developer in a for-profit land acquisition venture. Then it was selling your excess property with no bids to that same developer. Do you have any sense of what is right?

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/25/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Traffic fines for charity? A petition aims to redirect fine money.

This would be a GREAT improvement. Most traffic enforcement today is based on revenue, not safety. Remove the financial conflict of interest for authorities to turn traffic police into road tax collectors and the shakedowns would virtually disappear. The founder of the National Motorists Association made a proposal many years ago that traffic citations should involve NO money - no fines, no costs, no surcharges - and the only penalties would be points on the persons' drivers licenses. Absent the ability to enforce for profits, authorities would direct police to ticket only dangerous drivers that were actually causing traffic hazards.

Enforcement for profits that is so common today is 100% wrong, 100% of the time. It is a racket no one should tolerate.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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Posted by James Walker on 10/25/2017 at 11:08 AM

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

Are you kidding, Mark Waller? You overcharge citizens to get permits to fix their houses then you "give away" their money to pet causes? How about refund the permit fees? In what planet can you call yourself a limited government proponent?

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/25/2017 at 11:04 AM

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

Another Reason To Vote No on 2A.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TruB on 10/25/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Centrist Project plows thousands into Manitou mayoral race

Why has the Independent mis-reported the Manitou race? Why have they backed Nicoletta in this race(THE WORST MAYOR IN A CENTURY) ? For one reason only JOHN WEISS THE OWNER of the Indy has a hard on against Ken Jaray. It's been disgusting for the Springs community to watch Philip Anshutz buy the Gazette and tilt every article for his personal agenda with no fair and balanced reporting, and now YOU JOHN WEISS have done the same thing to the Indy. Nicoletta is the worst public servant we have ever seen in Manitou. She is ignorant, so rude but has definitely graduated from the "Kelly Anne Conway School of alternative facts". The Indy (that owns the Manitou paper let her misrepresent WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON in Manitou every week with a column in the Pikes Peak Bulletin (which they own). She has refused to meet with the public on simple issues many times, has used the Police to enforce her ridiculous "rush to spend" agenda, it has taken her years to realize Manitou is a HISTORIC town when it comes to a simple repair on a historic bridge . When the citizens whom built this town wanted a meeting for a simple tree issue she called us "entitled" ( the group consisted of prior Mayors, council people, activists and caring folks). Her answer to people meeting was to pass an ordinance so 50 people meeting now need a permit and insurance to meet and protest. When informed citizens questioned the value of a $500,000 RETAINER contract with an out-of-state engineering firm she shut down public comments and threatened to have the police escort informed citizens from city hall.
DEMOCRACY IS CURRENTLY DEAD IN MANITOU , while Nicoletta has claimed "I've made Manitou Safe" Heroin is being dealt on the streets (read our police beat). She has wrapped a park in a steel fence to keep EVERYONE OUT , the only park in Colorado to do so.... a knee jerk reaction to one fight. Like Trump she has claimed to have "Fixed" everything , she Fixed the traffic issue, while this year due to her and staffs negligence Manitou has been a cluster "F" of traffic for a year and expect that for many months more.The outrageous spending agenda with out-of-state groups that have too close a relationship with specific out of tune staff have turned Manitou into a "FEMA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" . Nicoletta has been so uncaring and non-responsive to listening to ALL public groups. She championed a "NO TOLERANCE" policy that was so misguided the Police department had to tell her it was WRONG and unworthy of their efforts. Spending is out of control on a monthly basis with Nicoletta and her team, and I ask you fellow citizens ..... should someone whom has been on food stamps recently be anywhere near a $11million dollar budget ...no way. Nicoletta has let down the community AND SO HAVE YOU JOHN WEISS , SHAME ON YOU JOHN you are out of touch with Manitou. Nicoletta has soured the community in one term that I have never witnessed in my past 42 years in town AND THE INDY WANTS TO GIVE HER 2 MORE YEARS NO WAY. Folks it's time to say NO MORE NICOLE , time to move forward with compassion and intelligence which Nicoletta has none of !!

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 10/25/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Local organizations gather to provide support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This community empowerment needs to get started in all states.

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Posted by Donna Bryce-Wright on 10/24/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Local health care activists face charges despite Sen. Cory Gardner’s apparent request to dismiss

When you get people like Trub the yellow bird up there THAT mad, you know you are doing something right! Rock on ladies! I will do everything I can to support you!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Lawyer on 10/23/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

Mr. Miller

You may have to go below, grab addresses and get them off a note to ask what generates their dislike. See the same names often.

https://campaignfinance.coloradosprings.go…

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Gentry on 10/23/2017 at 3:08 PM

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