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Re: “The pros and cons of a strong mayor for Colorado Springs

The next person who makes a legitimate argument for strong mayor will be the first. The case made here is absolutely pathetic - devoid of facts, but full of adjectives. We get it, the strong-mayor will be a "visionary." Unless of course he or she isn't.

A mayor who is a politician that may or may not possess city management/leadership skills, OR a professional manager with education and experience in running a city? I'm a captive audience when a strong-mayor advocate can articulate why the former is better than the latter. The current system isn't broke, just some of the council members.

Posted by drwheels22 on 04/29/2010 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Attacking 2C's misconceptions

SeldomSeenSmith wrote:

"The ready availability of reliable data brought about by the maturing communications age has resulted in an educated populace regarding political swindling and back-room secret deals."

I'll respectfully disagree with your comment above. The anti-2C supporters are relying on the "ignorance" of the populace to defeat this measure. How you ask? Is 2C truly a "200% property tax increase" as their yard signs indicate. If the answer is yes then my property taxes of $1300/year are going to be $2600 next year, right? Wrong. However, that is exactly the scare tactic Doug Bruce and his "sheeple" would like the "educated populace" to believe. For those looking for factual information here, 2C only increases the "city's" portion of your property tax, not the entire property tax which goes to schools, libraries, etc. For an average priced home of $262,000, your 2010 property tax would increase $126.

And before anyone cries, "Scare tactic! The pro-2C crowd are the ones using scare tactics!" consider the following: If City Council makes no changes to the City Manager's 2010 budget and 2C fails, then all the proposed cuts will occur. Scary indeed to think of what our community will start to look like.

If you simply can't afford the $2/week tax increase, then by all means vote as you must. But for those that can afford this increase but are voting against 2C to "stick it to the city/city council," you are only going to hurt yourself on a daily basis by reducing on many levels the quality of our community. I urge all who love this city and want to see it flourish to VOTE YES ON 2C.

Posted by drwheels22 on 10/15/2009 at 3:23 PM

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