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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: “Jared Polis, and Colorado voters, make history

Speaking of Polis and the state of Colorado; how anyone can win Gov. when their main platform is full day kindergarten really shows how much Colorado has become Colofornia. Denver's Gay Men's Chorus? I don't see how a persons sexuality matters when singing, unless of course your name is R. Kelly.

Posted by Silky Johnson on 01/16/2019 at 9:18 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: “Stompin' George Eldon

loved them

Posted by Chrys Bocast on 01/15/2019 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Strain review: Quantum Kush

Is it available locally? Usually what you review is not in Colorado

Posted by Pat Farrenkopf on 01/15/2019 at 11:49 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Springer:

"You won't allow your identity to be vetted; and you haven't had your shots; and you may or may not have a horrific criminal record. "

Red herring. The "caravan" is willing to cross at a port of entry and be vetted for all the things you mentioned. As for those who illegally cross somewhere else, the numbers are WAY down from their previous levels. So are apprehensions at the souther border.

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/04/the-stat…

Crime statistics for those apprehended at the souther border are also WAY down.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enf…

In FY 2018, 396,579 people were apprehended illegally crossing the southern border. 6,259 of those apprehended has criminal records. That works out to about 1.6%. A random group of Americans has about 6.5% citizens with a felony record. That's nearly 5 times the number of those caught crossing our southern border.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-bord…

So yeah. None of us take in total strangers. But given a choice between taking in an unknown American citizen or someone caught crossing our southern border, you'd be statistically wise to take the latter.

Your post, though, is based on a bogus presumption. Nobody is forced, nor expected, to take strangers into their homes. For you to posit otherwise is a a false diversion.

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Posted by Bill W. on 01/14/2019 at 5:12 PM

Re: “The national emergency

Time for some of the endorsers of this articles views to put word and opinion to reality.
Open your own doors; and allow the illegals access to your own homes.

"Hi. You won't allow your identity to be vetted; and you haven't had your shots; and you may or may not have a horrific criminal record. Come on in; make yourself at home".

This rarely; very, very, very rarely ever happens. Of course; others are supposed to be opening their doors; but never ever ever never the proponents of the 'open access everywhere' ideology.

As an example; Clay Jones most certainly has Zero illegals living with him.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 01/14/2019 at 11:59 AM

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: “Reader: Does pay equal performance?

I agree 100%.

Strange thing is: the 1% talks about wanting to close the income gap. Every time there is a stab at that, they complain about the resulting inflation. They are right, of course. So the answer is not to raise up the 99% but, rather, to lower the 1% to what the free market would actually dictate. Anyone who thinks all of them have earned what they have, or that it is the result of free-market forces, is delusional. Make it merit-based and tax the shit out of that which is not.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/14/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Mr. Duffet's ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance, and his vanity is only exceeded by his vulgarity.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/14/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Looks like the nazi's at the independent are stirring up shit again.

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Posted by Ed Duffett on 01/13/2019 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Tribute to Bob Dylan at Stargazers show preview

Thinken bout Colorado thinken bout how rocky
Thinken with that topography
How do they play hockey
Thinken do they think about some ol Australian mountain range.

Posted by Michael Crampton on 01/13/2019 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Elev8 Glass Gallery

Every time I come in they are always very welcoming, nothing but smiles. They have a very wide range of stock and I am always finding something new and exciting!

Posted by Adam on 01/12/2019 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Elev8 Glass Gallery

Fun, bright, and oh so shiny! This place has everything you could ever dream of! From $4 pipes to $10,000 pipes! They have got you covered! Come in today and see for yourself!

Posted by Rebecca Stevens on 01/11/2019 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Cory Gardner sides with (gasp) Nancy Pelosi on the shutdown

Is Gardner in support of mandatory e-Verify? I don't know his politics. Many left of Pelosi feel that illegal immigration is exploitation and suppresses wages. Wages haven't kept up with inflation, even with min wage increases. Maybe a 2.5B "fence" and 2.5B mandatory e-Verify implementation is a good deal?

Posted by angela_rae on 01/11/2019 at 6:54 PM

Re: “How to make goat milk lotion

If you pasteurize your goat milk, it will last 10x longer. Heat raw milk in double boiler to 145 degrees F and hold it at that temperature for 30 minutes. Once time is up, immediately plunge your milk pot into an ice bath to get it cooled down. Refrigerate and use immediately. Use cold milk to heat for the lotion making portion. The initial heat stage does not count as heat for the water stage of lotion making. Also, if you use powdered goat's milk, it will not go rancid as fast. Lasts up to 6 months shelf life. Good luck and don't forget your preservatives. To use powdered goat's milk, dilute at a 1:1 ratio. That means ounce for ounce with distilled water only.

Posted by Karen Wolf-McMillin on 01/11/2019 at 5:12 PM

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

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