Joel C. Miller 
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Re: “Drake Power Plant meetings slated to talk about sidelining

Poudre Valley coal-generated, SO2-scrubbed electricity: $22 per mWatt hr. Solar power, including massive subsidies: $100 per MWatt-hr.

Increasing electric rates nearly five fold is a great way to put financial stress on Colorado Springs ratepayers as well as chase the last remnants of manufacturing out of Colorado Springs. Add to the increased cost of production, calls from the mayor and the Gazette to increase the surplus rate (formally known as payment in lieu of tax or PILT) by at least 60%.

Utilities customers already pay an extra amount for each KWatt-hr they use to create a fake surplus in Utilities revenues that gets converted into a blank check for the City government. Continuing calls to provide a backdoor tax increase by upping the fake surplus above the new pothole tax and stormwater tax already put in place will continue to put stress on citizen budgets, especially those on fixed incomes

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/16/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “TABOR author on question 1A

It is evident that personal vendettas seem to prevail over reason. Allowing the County to keep $15 million more per year OVER the already growth-adjusted TABOR limit is a BLANK check yes-voters are writing from their own wallets and those of their current and future fellow citizens for their politicians to use how they see fit. It is absurd. Talk about GULLIBLE!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/07/2017 at 5:27 AM

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

"holding the developers accountable is necessary but won't happen any time soon.."

So how in the world can you justify throwing your money at the problem before accountability is established? It's like writing a blank check to your drug-addict uncle--before he's even checked himself into rehab.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/31/2017 at 12:00 PM

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

Happy Few: "helping keep the rich developers, their buddies, rich!"

Actually, the passage of 2A is little more than a bailout for developers who have been allowed to cut corners or slip building drainage altogether in their developments.

www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/31/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

The focus of the EPA and CO Dept of Health lawsuit is on the Citys failure to follow its own rules when approving and overseeing developer stormwater infrastructure. In one case, the lawsuit details an $11.4 million shortcut provided to developers (see entire lawsuit complaint):
The Cottonwood Creek DBPS estimated [a] total cost reduction of approximately $11.4 million (January 1992 dollars) by eliminating the proposed detention ponds and associated fees, and reducing the Cottonwood Creek Drainage and Bridge Fees. [charged to developers]

Much more at www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Thank you, Mr Rusinak.

www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

An except from 2015 EPA report cited in the EPA lawsuit that speaks to how seriously the City takes stormwater issues:

"Of the 105 projects on the CIP [Capital Improvement Program] list, it appeared that four stormwater oriented projects were included and slated for funding in 2015:
Companion Drainage Projects $412,000
Drainage Basin Planning Studies $150,000
Emergency Drainage Repairs High Priority $500,000
Infrastructure Damage Repair $80,000."

Though the City couldn't seem to find a high enough priority for much stormwater spending in 2015's Capital Improvement Budget, here's what the City DID find funding for on that list (taken from 2015 Budget):

Downtown Streetscape Project $864,000
Museum Exterior Renovation $299,550
Museum HVAC Upgrades $200,000
On-Street Bikeway Improvements $411,970
Summit House Design $1,500,000
Fire Station Bathroom Remodel: $517,625 (2019)

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 12:07 AM

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