boomer47 
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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: “ReWall gets recycling grant to turn Colorado's cartons into buildings

Are they talking about plastic milk & OJ containers or those wax coated cardboard containers? I have never understood if the cardboard ones are recyclable or not.

Posted by boomer47 on 10/22/2018 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Dueling transit funding initiatives may both fail on Nov. 6

Also, I would like to know why I never saw ONE petition gatherer in Colorado Springs for any initiative? I shop at either King Soopers, Walmart or Target several times a week in the north end and I never saw one of them at any of these stores during the summer. Where do all these signatures come from to get these things on the ballot? Amendment petitions must get at least 2% of their signatures from each voting district.

Posted by boomer47 on 10/03/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Dueling transit funding initiatives may both fail on Nov. 6

I don't understand the rational of asking for a sales tax increase to fund the state roads. Why should someone who doesn't drive or drives very little (i.e., the disabled, elderly, rest-home or assisted living folks, etc) have to pay for roads? This should be done thru an increase in the gas tax or registration fees (if you think you need it), or maybe the state legislators can just "slip in" another FastTrack fee without voter approval. Also, 15 percent of the "Lets Go, Colorado" initiative , sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, will go toward comprehensive transit and other multi-modal projects - that's a "dog-whistle" for the Denver light-rail system. I'm still mad about how the majority of the state got screwed over by Referendum B several years ago. One billion dollar bond issue for roads that almost 90% went to the Denver area.

Posted by boomer47 on 10/03/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “UPDATE: City Council President Richard Skorman's ethics complaint dismissed

Why was Mr Skorman inserting himself into what was a police matter in the first place, and by stating that "he could vouch for her and that there was no reason to have the police come out" - what was he trying to accomplish?
I would have told him to leave also since this was none of his business. You should always call the police since people will often recant their story to the insurance companies later when they are interviewed for the claim, if there is no police report to verify the incident. No one (City Council member or not) should be telling someone not to call the police.

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Posted by boomer47 on 09/26/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Council President Richard Skorman accused of citing his position at accident scene

In addition to what Mr Foster has said above, I think just as interesting is why was Mr Skorman inserted himself into what was a police matter in the first place, and by stating that "he could vouch for her and that there was no reason to have the police come out" - what was he trying to accomplish? I would have told him to leave also since this was none of his business. You should always call the police since people will often recant their story to the insurance companies later on when they are interviewed for the claim, if there is no police report to verify the incident.

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Posted by boomer47 on 09/26/2018 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

"Had Spencer not resigned, his contract would have run through June 30, 2020, according to the severance agreement, although his actual contract shows the contract was to expire June 30, 2018."

So, for whatever the reason was that he left, why didn't the school board just wait till the end of June and then not renew his contract. Then there wouldn't have been any need to pay him this severance. Looks like an inappropriate and unnecessary use of taxpayer's money.

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Posted by boomer47 on 05/16/2018 at 9:12 AM

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