Issue 2C voted down

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Pioneers Museum Director Matt Mayberry (left), City Councilwoman Jan Martin and City Parks Director Paul Butcher watched as 2C's failing results were posted online at The Blue Star restaurant.

Pioneers Museum Director Matt Mayberry (left), City Councilwoman Jan Martin and Parks Director Paul Butcher. Photo by Dana Deeson

About 65 percent of voters oppose Issue 2C, which would have raised property taxes to pay for city services in Colorado Springs, and 35 percent support it, according to early, unofficial polling results.

That’s with 100 percent of precincts reporting and 79,190 votes cast.

City officials warned that if the measure didn’t pass, it could mean some parks will be closed and community services, such as staffing to the Pioneers Museum, could be cut.

“It’s just the wrong time time to be asking for a tax increase,” said City Councilman Bernie Herpin. “It’s most unfortunate, because the people who most need the services will lose them.”

Concern also came from the arts community.

“l’m disappointed but not surprised, said Bettina Swigger, executive director of COPPeR, the culteral office of the Pikes Peak Region. “At Copper we didn’t take a position, but we’re going to do everything possible to keep the Pioneers Museum open and to help the parks department continue to host community outdoor events that bring the community together.”

4 Responses to Issue 2C voted down

  1. CSBJ says “City officials warned that if the measure didn’t pass, it could mean some parks will be closed and community services, such as staffing to the Pioneers Museum, could be cut”

    Who are you kidding CSBJ? (1) the Pioneers Museum will just be CLOSED, period. (2) MOST City Parks and all the youth programs in them will be abandoned from any maintenance, watering, or support (3) all but one Neighborhood Community Centers across the city will be shut down entirely – let em eat cake (4) Police and Fire staffing wll be slashed again, and even more next year when the transfer of Utility funds to the City is stopped by the action of 300.

    (5) and if I read the cuts right, this means that the Economic Development Corporation will NOT be funded from Utiltites funds to try and attract new business. (and what businesses would move to Colorado Springs which does not value its cultural facilities, parks, or related programs?)

    Dave Hughes
    November 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  2. Well, we can give up, or figure out how to move ahead.

    For starters:

    1. Citizens: Buy local (from any store in our city). All businesses pay local taxes that the city desperately needs to provide services we need and expect.

    2. Don’t buy online: Unless you can’t find what you need in a local store. When you buy online, we don’t get a red cent of tax revenue. Nearly 500,000 people shop in Colorado Springs—the taxes paid in by buying local will start to make a difference.

    3. If you are a business or organization, please buy from local suppliers and professionals. Keep the money in our local economy.

    4. We need to fund economic development now, not tomorrow. Every citizen should mail a check for any amount to the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation and allow them to adequately compete with our peer cities.

    Yes John, this is protectionism, what’s the alternative?

    Bernard Sandoval
    November 3, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  3. Dave, it is indeed a sad day for Colorado Springs, but the people have spoken. As we must balance our budget, and the predicted 2010 revenue shortfall coupled with other unavaoidable expenses (pension payments, etc.), we will be forced to make deep cuts impacting our quality of life. Police and fire will still continue to function, but the diabled, low income, and minorities will be hardest hit.

    Bernie Herpin
    November 4, 2009 at 5:55 am

  4. If it had passed it would have been death for a lot of business’s that are just hanging on. People would have lost jobs either way. Now it will be city people for which I am sorry but had it passed many busineess’s with nowhere left to turn in a down ecomomy with increasing utilitity bills, increasing minimum wage, speak of a mandated healthcare program to be paid for by employers with a tax break to off set, I don’t need a tax break because there is no income to tax. Anyway, I could not have afforded more in property tax. I have to work 6-7 days a week, 80-100 hours aweek, small salary, no benefits, work on holidays all in an effort to break even.

    Wally Ugland
    November 4, 2009 at 8:49 am