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Re: “I-25 expansion project clears hurdle

County taxpayers were completely swindled by County Commissioners. Not one time were the words toll lane ever mentioned when voters were asked to forego $14 million per year in TABOR refunds. Peggy Littleton, Mark Waller, Darryl Glenn, Stan VanderWerf all lied to the people while they pandered for more tax revenue than the law allows. Kudos to Longinos Gonzalez for voting against asking for the money.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 07/08/2018 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Switchbacks, Sky Sox eye a new home downtown, but will the stadium happen at all?

If it happens it all, rest assured, that in addition to the $27.7 million paid by State tax dollars (remember, those state taxpayer dollars there arent enough of to widen I-25?), the additional $210 million in principal and interest payments the stadium plan costs will be made also by taxpayer dollars.

This explains the radio silence on the subject. Frenzied meetings of elected and unelected City leaders are taking place in smoke-filled back rooms to hash the details of the public funding plan. By the time the financial plan is made public, it will be rolled out together with a huge PR push that will divert attention away from the fact that citizens will be paying for it. The Mayors office and City Council will put the taxpayer-soaking plan into effect before anyone realizes what happened. That way construction cranes can go up before the December deadline with no public discussion or opposition.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/09/2018 at 7:00 PM

Re: “New Banning Lewis Ranch Agreement approved by Council

Not at all surprising. The transfer of the cost of development from the developers who will profit to the taxpayers is exactly what normally happens in Colorado Springs. All the analysis, the staff opinions and "third party studies" are ridiculously biased because they are put in place and commissioned by those same developers. That's when the elected officials have a responsibility to be the opposition. Staff agency after staff agency comes forward to say how this is the best thing for the City and councilmembers nod their heads without thinking what was behind the staff agencies' motivations. Every single department head works at the pleasure of the Mayor's office and the Mayor's office was purchased by the development community. So we have this charade of actual deliberation and public process when this decision was made the minute that the City decided to "renegotiate" the agreement. It was a done deal when Nor'wood purchased Banning Lewis.

In a couple of years when the east/west traffic situation is unbearable and the police response times have increased even more, and there is a "critical need" for more firefighters, the City will come BACK to the taxpayer AGAIN and ask for MORE money because "...darn it...growth is just a natural thing and we just don't have enough money to perform the role of government."

Remember this when those 5 glossy postcards come in the mail asking you to vote for the next tax increase.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/04/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Regional Building, Nor'wood postpone deal


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Posted by Liberty for COS on 09/21/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Republicans bury hospital fee bill

When the State legislature voted to massively expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the provision making the State eligible for federal grants required the state to collect an additional tax (that's how it was worded in the ACA). The Federal grants aren't permanent and the sustainability of the program is a whole other issue, but the taxes on the those in Colorado who are sick and infirm and their insurance companies are permanent.

A litany of “goodies” was offered up to cover the stench of the excluding the unaccountable tax increase masked as a "fee": education, jobs programs, etc, etc. Fees (taxes) go up by hundreds of millions per year and if we play a shell game and hide the money as a "government enterprise," we’ll be allowed to add more money for more government. The premise undermines TABOR in exactly the same way that the Colorado Bridge Enterprise did years ago that raised everybody's vehicle registration taxes and exempted the massive increase from TABOR revenue limits.

Bottom line: these Senators followed the will of the citizens who sent them to Denver to uphold the Colorado Constitution, including Article X, Section 20, The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a Constitutional Amendment ratified by the citizens of Colorado. Despite the big government plans over what to do with the “extra money” that wouldn't be subject to inconvenient TABOR refunds, and what the big government Attorney General opined, the simple fact is that the collection of hospital provider fees (HPF) expands government by taxing citizens and these legislators recognized the HPF for what they are: a tax that expands government and it should be counted as such.

The long line of big government supporters for the shell game inherent in the bill included many of the same who will benefit: hospitals, and big business who will benefit from the government programs that will be allowed to grow if the massive hospital tax gets to be hidden from the purview of TABOR. No surprises.

Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/12/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Terms of St. Francis Hospital sale included donations to a nonprofit foundation

From a post from last September on "Liberty for COS" (…

"Here’s a thinking person’s explanation of what really happened: Jenkins somehow gets the property for $50,000. Remarkably the property is assessed at that purchase price (Jenkins donated $17,500 to County Treasurer Lowderman's campaign who is in charge of assessments see link:…). Now, as Jenkins develops the property, the value will obviously go up (again his pal, Lowderman is in charge of assessments) and Jenkins will have to pay more taxes, right? He’ll pay more taxes, but because his new acquisitions have been included in the revised boundaries of the DDA, any growth of tax revenue above the baseline goes to the DDA (because of the TIF that’s in place) and now his property is a potential and likely beneficiary of the DDA dollars. Jenkins--completely coincidentally--also happens to serve on the DDA board that decides where the money goes. So his higher taxes will not benefit the City, they will benefit himself. When normal citizens’ taxes go up, they benefit the City, when friends of Council’s taxes go up—they go up to benefit themselves!"

Since the time of this post, the DDA has in fact awarded the lion's share of the DDA's TIF revenue to Jenkins' Penrose development. Is anyone shocked?

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/04/2016 at 4:06 PM

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