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I comment using the name "curious" in order to focus attention where it belongs - on the comment and not on the person making the comment. Citizen of COS since 2003 Family members have lived in COS for more than 40 years

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Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

Invest COS, the "vote yes" committee, has raised $311,290. The Koch brothers contributed $15,000. So . . . why are the whiners whining about the Koch brothers helping the financially challenged underdogs in this contest between the citizens and the bad dog developers and their political allies?

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Posted by curious on 11/01/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “AFP donates to committee opposing Colorado Springs' stormwater ballot measure

The 'opposition' is the citizens who are fed up with govt taking our money in taxes and fees and then redistributing it to their political allies who are undermining our personal liberties, those liberties guaranteed to us by the Constitution. I wonder if you know just what the Koch Brothers are doing in the political playing field with THEIR OWN money. In supporting anti-progressive/socialist schemes, they are doing all in their power to see that politicians, judges, and others in positions of leadership uphold the Constitution. And, BTW, the Koch's donated zero dollars to Trump's campaign because they don't like him any more than you do.

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Posted by curious on 11/01/2017 at 2:04 PM

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

In that case, refund the excess profit to everyone who got a permit or whatever during that period. Donating to charity is not a legitimate function of govt.

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Posted by curious on 10/31/2017 at 3:05 PM

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.

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Posted by curious on 10/27/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Since $325M will be given to the developer, it would have been prudent for Council to educate the public about the mechanisms involved BEFORE giving their OK. But instead, the Council took action and now is dealing with citizens questioning their decision. Do the Council members understand what they have approved? Or are they taking the word of "experts" and accepting the bromide that "everybody's doing it"? Wouldn't it be better for Council to make approval pending until after the citizens, as well as themselves. have a clear understanding of what is being planned so that the citizenry - for whose benefit we are told this is being done - can accept it with confidence that it is a good idea?

Here's a link from COS govt discussing special districts.…

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Posted by curious on 09/28/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

"City Economic Development Officer Bob Cope said the project will generate millions in tax revenue, add 5,000 jobs and add billions to the city's gross metropolitan product." Really? This sounds like the pitch that was made 3 years ago by City Leaders promoting C4C who want to build a stadium next door to the Olympic Museum. I wonder if this is the new scheme to get that cotton-pickin stadium, now moribund, off its deathbed and up onto asphalt.

"The intent of the redevelopment area is to . . . stimulate development and redevelopment throughout the entire city," said Wysocki. Really? The last major area redevelopment project - University Village Colorado - on N . Nevada, across from UCCS, has so far failed to stimulate ACTUAL (as contrasted with visionary plans) development, other than what's happening on the UCCS campus. And UVC has failed so far in being a catalyst to attract major companies to relocate to COS. But then, would any realist expect a shopping center to accomplish this goal?

Worst of all, all of the City sales tax generated by UVC goes to pay down the 30-year bonds issued to build the infrastructure in and around UVC, and none goes into the City general fund. By the time the bonds are paid off, UVC may be moribund itself. COS is not Denver, nor will it ever be, regardless of how many skyscrapers Jenkins builds. Let's figure out who we are and what WE - not the developers - want our City to be.

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Posted by curious on 09/27/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

This is sickening! Is the City Council so jealous of Denver and desirous of having skyscrapers that it will give $325M to Jenkins/Norwood? How to explain this giveaway to workers at Walmart who are hoping to work extra hours during the Christmas season, or low wage earners who are hoping developers will build housing they can afford, or young entrepeneurs who are hoping the City will not put roadblocks in their pursuit of innovation, or young grads who are hoping to stay and live in COS and obtain jobs that pay more than what they can get by moving to L.A.? Is the Jenkins/City collaboration the new Satan it appears to be?

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Posted by curious on 09/26/2017 at 7:12 PM

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