Joel C. Miller 
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Re: “Stormwater fee's "vote no" committee political operative doesn't live in the city

Anyone remember when Rachel Beck, Sarah Jack and Kevin Walker formed a PR company after having been involved with the Stormwater Task Force? They were then awarded a no-bid contract to provide "stormwater information" on billboards to promote the last stormwater effort. Making it even worse, the money came from the government. But, please keep protesting the truth, Ms Beck!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/10/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Stormwater fee's "vote no" committee political operative doesn't live in the city

Ironic that the "vote yes" (developers/contractors) crowd who has profited from the City's provision of millions in stormwater shortcuts leading directly on the EPA's lawsuit against the City and who are so conflicted in their support of this issue would decry a factual presentation of the facts. That's the best defense they can provide? Ridiculous!

Just look at Schmidt Construction: $50 K to the "vote yes" campaign for the 2C pothole tax. In two years, they've locked in over $16 million in contracts. A 32000% return on investment! They've given $25 K so far to this stormwater effort.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/10/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “City Council grants taxing authority to Nor'wood Development Group

So Nor'wood is given access to tax-free municipal bond financing rates to build a project that will, with 100% certainty, be demanding extra police, extra fire resources, put a further burden on the already failing stormwater system, and--as has already been revealed--demand the City parking enterprise to build a new parking structure costing tens of millions of dollars using fees charged to the public who have to park in downtown and Old Colorado City.

And like the Olympic Museum that was criminally and deceitfully touted as a "no cost to us" proposition yet has siphoned trail money and road money to the tune of over $10 million and counting to build the supporting infrastructure, it's also certain that Norwood will be back through their surrogates on City Staff to add costs to the taxpayer disguised as general fund expenditures through public works expenditures for adjacent infrastructure and a demand for additional public safety budget lines to support their profit center.

The massive extension of Utilities into the area will also be a cost passed on to citizens in the form of higher Utilities bills. These line extensions are some of the biggest elements listed for raising utility rates in the annual Utilties budget. Rate payers pay approximately 60% of the cost of these extensions. This percentage is far higher here where the development community influences Utilities decisions as well. Developers are responsible for paying a higher share in places served by private utilities because the private utility shareholders are less easily bilked.

So this is life in Colorado Springs. All this as we ask a residential utility customer living in an efficiency apartment to vote to approve the same $5 per month for a new stormwater tax that the owner of the apartment complex they live in will pay at their McMansion with acres of impervious surface.

And if "this is how we do development here for 40 years" is the best argument, perhaps citizens and City Council should take a look at what that model has done for our City in the last 40 years, particularly in the City's quality of roads and stormwater, parks condition and public safety response times. Not too great of a track record. But...they're back for more and they'll get it. There's a lot of money paid to political consultants to keep the gravy train going and unless you've got the money to compete with it...good luck. C'est la vie.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

Macao will paint that car for $500.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

But the City would rather use it as ad retiring for more taxes.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “A racist future for the Republican Party

Bullshit. Back up your tired "white supremacist" rhetoric. It is false and it's another leftist name calling tactic. Every time someone disagrees with anything in the left, they get the ridiculous label. This is why the everyday non-indoctrinated American revolted last November. It's sickening.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:11 PM

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