Joel C. Miller 
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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: “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: “Inmates attack jailers in understaffed Criminal Justice Center

Well, good thing the BOCC pledged an estimated $44.5 million collected as county taxes for private downtown developments. It appears our county government has prioritized happy developers over safe deputies.

http://www.informcos.com/bocctif.html

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 12/21/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Downtown development includes Vermijo Avenue streetscape

$7.9 in PPRTA money designated fir street repair and for the Pikes Peak Greenway, a 15-mile trail concentrated in a couple hundred feet of aluminum and concrete. Utility dollars combined with other C4C free work that will result in rate increases. And oh yeah...that stormwater fee that got passed. This is all shaking up to be a real boon to Norwood Development. Every day is Christmas for them in Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 12/11/2018 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Bold Hickenlooper asks court to clarify tax-killing laws

Just what Polis would love...unlimited taxing authority to implement his version of a government-driven California-like utopia. A disaster for the tax-paying public to be certain.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/29/2018 at 6:34 AM
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/26/2018 at 3:06 AM

Re: “El Paso County Sheriff's tax referred to November ballot

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WANT VOTERS TO SAY YES TO HIGHER TAXES BUT REFUSE TO SAY NO TO TAXPAYER HANDOUTS FOR DEVELOPERS.

County Commissioners are asking for this tax increase because they claim the Countys general fund has inadequate revenue to pay for public safety. It is a tax increase because, even though the ballot language misleadingly will state, without raising taxes, an affirmative vote will give you higher taxes because without the vote, County sales taxes would revert to the lower pre-2012 rate.

The lack of dollars Commissioners unanimously bemoan, is despite increasing tax revenues and a voter-approved PERMANENT tax increase of $14 million per year. In 2016, capitalizing on the ire of citizens stuck in I-25 gridlock, the Commission asked voters to forego $14 million per year in TABOR refundsFOREVERby promising that the first years windfall would help fund the gap on I-25. As it turns out, County taxpayers were not given all the information. Commissioners were well aware that a TOLL LANE would likely be installed using those dollars yet failed to mention that fact to voters in their zeal for passing the higher tax. The TOLL LANE begins construction this fall. By the way, after the first year, Commissioners are allowed to allocate that $14 million-per-year-forever tax increase any way they see fit, including increased public safety funding. According to one Commissioner, the first round of budget talks for next year had much of the $14 million increase being allocated to give county workers raises without any increase in funding for public safety or county roads.

In light of the stated shortfall in County money to pay for a critical government role like public safety, and the Commission's insistence that they must ask taxpayers to forego more of their paychecks to meet the shortfall, NOT ONE COMMISSIONER, will answer the question about whether theyll vote no on a plan to take money collected as County sales and property taxes and divert that money from where it would normally go (the general fund that pays for public safety) to pay for Norwood Development Group plans in Southwest Downtown through the Urban Renewal Authority. Yes, according to City plans, county taxpayer money would be used to subsidize a private development in Southwest Downtown to the tune of over $40 million and pay for public improvements for which any developer in any other area would have to pay for themselves. NOT ONE COMMISSIONER committed to voting no on this corporate welfare and yet will continue to have taxpayers forego $14 million per year in a forever- tax-increase with no specific parameters for where the money must go. Now they seek ANOTHER $22 million tax increase per year for 8 more years with the extension of the Public Safety Tax. Less than one year after asking for the Public Safety Tax increase the first time in 2012 and gaining voter approval, the Commission also signed a letter to State Officials committing over $42 million in money collected as County sales tax then to be similarly diverted from the Countys general fund to pay for a City for Champions Stadium. It is unclear how much the County will commit for the latest round of plans on the stadium and its infrastructure as all those figures are being withheld from the public.

As a recap, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners has agreed to ask all citizens to commit to parting with more from their wallets on this tax increase extension, but NOT ONE COMMISSIONER will state theyll oppose giving away tax money they claim they dont have enough of to Norwood Development Group plans and for a Downtown C4C stadium and its infrastructure.

Darryl Glenn (DarrylGlenn@elpasoco.com),

Longinos Gonzalez
(LonginosGonzalezJr@elpasoco.com)

Mark Waller (MarkWaller@ElPasoCo.com)

Peggy Littleton (peggylittleton@elpasoco.com)

Stan Vanderwerf (stanvanderwerf@elpasoco.com)

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/12/2018 at 2:19 PM

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