Bruce misses signature-gathering deadline for November initiative

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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.”

7 Responses to Bruce misses signature-gathering deadline for November initiative

  1. Great news! This should pave the way for Utilities to finance a new multi-purpose rugby stadium!

    Dick Burns
    August 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

  2. Great News – Bruce just wastes taxpayer money with all his “attacks on government” initiatives which thankfully, seem to always lose.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

  3. Maybe he’s finally learning that Colorado Springs is sick of his crusade to completely ruin any hopes of us being a financially vibrant community.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  4. I sure hope he doesn’t lose that congenial disposition of his because if this defeat.

    marty h.
    August 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm

  5. Guys like Bruce keep government in check.

    marko martinez
    August 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

  6. The initiative is not “defunct”. Bruce still has time remaining on his original 180 days. He has missed the deadline to have the issue on the November 3, 2009 ballot. If he does turn in enough valid signatures by the end of his 180 period, a special election must be held within 90 days of petition submission. A special mail only election would cost the city over $400,000 or about 8 police officers for a year.

    Bernie Herpin
    August 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

  7. “A special mail only election would cost the city over $400,000 or about 8 police officers for a year.”

    I’m sure Mr. Bruce does not care about the fiscal impacts of his actions, its not like he has before…

    August 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm