Bonds pass in Denver, Springs needs money

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Denver voters recently passed half a billion dollars worth of bond initiatives, including $70 million to pay for reconstruction of Boettcher Concert hall.

So why does Colorado Springs have to moan and groan over even the slightest tax increase?

Everyone around here knows that one of the biggest hurdles to getting any tax increase passed is Doug Bruce. And, now he has his eyes on the Statehouse? Could he continue causing problems for us from Denver? Sure, but I bet he will be pretty much ineffective. It will still give the Springs yet another black eye cuz Bruce is from here. I don’t see Bruce doing his ranting and raving in Denver, but he probably will.

The most popular measure in Denver was 1D, a bond package for road improvements. Think we could use some road improvements? I would have to say yes. Denver also raised their property taxes to generate $27 million a year for maintenance of civic facilities. Which facilities you may ask. They don’t say. I wonder if any tax increase without being specifically earmarked would pass here.

In my remarks at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, I said that, perhaps, our large population of retired military members feel entitled to lower taxes. That prompted, a lot of feedback from retired military people, and the business community in general, that there is indeed a feeling of entitlement amongst the retired ranks.

In business, you grow revenue not just cut expenses. Why can’t we here in the Springs take a more business-like approach to our city?

If we are going to move the Springs ahead, we must have money to support our growth. If you aren’t growing, you are stagnant. Stagnant is another word for…death.