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Coordinated election forum scheduled 

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Two key ballot measures will be debated from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at a public forum at the MCI/Verizon Building, 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.

Mayor John Suthers will promote the city's proposed stormwater fee, 2A. Taking the "vote no" position will be political strategist Laura Carno, who's mounting an opposition effort.

In addition, Lauren Hug with Friends of D-11, will promote the virtues of Colorado Springs School District 11's mill levy override measure, 3E. The district hasn't had a tax increase since 2000, while districts throughout the metro area — such as Academy District 20 and Cheyenne Mountain District 12 — have. Who will debate the "anti" position on the D-11 measure hasn't been determined.

The forum is sponsored by the Leadership Pikes Peak Alumni Association, Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, the Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

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