Joel C. Miller 
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Re: “City campaign roundup: What do the candidates say about recreational pot?

R Wehner, "How effective do you feel these groups are in 'swinging the vote' one way or the other? A 30 second 'QuickPoll'."

What's a perhaps more important question is "why should a group who receives City taxpayer dollars be allowed to take any political position?" The Chamber/EDC will state with a straight face that their PAC is separate from their organization, yet, one can go straight from their home page to political advocacy posts. This is corruption. When I was on Council, we defunded them until they disavowed political advocacy. That was quickly undone after outcry from the special interests they supported, included the daily newspaper.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/08/2019 at 10:45 AM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

Annexation is just step 1. Why? Because the City, County and PPRTA cannot collect sales taxes on USAFA property.

Step 2: Declare the entire area as blighted. This triggers State law in place to deal with urban blight situations. It has been twisted to allow open space to be declared as blighted. Under the law, once declared by local officials as blighted, the area can be designated an urban renewal area. Taxes collected in urban renewal areas under state law are allowed to bypass the City, County, PPRTA and even D20 School District coffers.

Step 3: Hijack the many millions collected in City, County, PPRTA and D20 taxes and transfer them to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority or URA. This agency serves as a conduit or what I call a money laundering agency to take public funds and transfer them to private development interests. The URA will transfer dollars and even get municpal bonds (debt) to assist the developer. So, tens of millions in local tax dollars will be collected to assist the private profit center development.

Far fetched? Hardly. Colorado Springs City Council just approved $51.9 million collected as City sales and property taxes to be transferred the URA (and then to private development interests) for building private development in SW Downton (http://www.informcos.com/cscctif.html). The El Paso County Commission approved the transfer of $44.5 million in County sales and property taxes to the URA for that same private development (http://www.informcos.com/bocctif.html). The D11 School Board approved the transfer of $119 million in D11 school taxes to be transferred to the URA for that same private development. This new USAFA annexation project will transfer tens of millions more in local tax dollars to private development.

The City sales tax office and the County Tax Assessor appear to be working overtime to collect sales and property taxes from citizens for private development. These public hearings are for show. Every city council member already knows how he or she will vote. And my guess is that they would not be conducting the dog and pony show of public hearings if there was not a majority in support.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/16/2019 at 7:21 AM

Re: “City facing lawsuit for not disclosing secretive airport deal records

More city filth.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/09/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Inmates attack jailers in understaffed Criminal Justice Center

Well, good thing the BOCC pledged an estimated $44.5 million collected as county taxes for private downtown developments. It appears our county government has prioritized happy developers over safe deputies.

http://www.informcos.com/bocctif.html

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 12/21/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Downtown development includes Vermijo Avenue streetscape

$7.9 in PPRTA money designated fir street repair and for the Pikes Peak Greenway, a 15-mile trail concentrated in a couple hundred feet of aluminum and concrete. Utility dollars combined with other C4C free work that will result in rate increases. And oh yeah...that stormwater fee that got passed. This is all shaking up to be a real boon to Norwood Development. Every day is Christmas for them in Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 12/11/2018 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Bold Hickenlooper asks court to clarify tax-killing laws

Just what Polis would love...unlimited taxing authority to implement his version of a government-driven California-like utopia. A disaster for the tax-paying public to be certain.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/29/2018 at 6:34 AM
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