Douglas Bruce apparently failed to collect enough signatures within the required time frame to put a proposed citizen initiative regarding city utilities payments in lieu of taxes on the November ballot.
Under the city charter, which governs procedures for signature gathering and for submitting citizen initiated petitions, “all petitions shall be returned and filed with the Clerk within one hundred eighty (180) days from the issuance of such blank petition forms.
A statement from the city clerk’s office distributed this morning said, “… the citizen initiated petitions distributed to Douglas Bruce were not returned to the City Clerk’s office yesterday, August 3 by 5:00 p.m. for signature verification. Therefore, the Enterprise issue pertaining to the City of Colorado Springs will not appear on the November ballot.”
The proposed initiative was aimed squarely at the payment in lieu of taxes, which the city receives annually from Colorado Springs Utilities. If passed, the payments, which amount to nearly $30 million annually, would have been phased out during an eight-year period.
The text of the now-defunct initiative read, “Excluding sales and use taxes forwarded from enterprise customers, all enterprise payments to the city shall phase out in eight or fewer equal yearly steps starting in January 2010, with all yearly savings passed on as reductions to each customer bill in dollar amounts as equal as possible. Hereafter, all loans, gifts, and subsidies between an enterprise and the city or another enterprise are prohibited.”