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Are our local property and sales taxes too high, too low or just about right? Are Colorado Springs residents, as proponents of November’s proposed property tax increase claim, starving the city of needed revenue by enjoying unsustainably low tax rates? Or are the opponents of the tax hike correct in saying that the city has… Continue Reading Just how low are Springs property taxes?

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The “great man” theory of history has few adherents nowadays, except perhaps among men who think they qualify as “great men.” But forgetting for the moment uber-deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, who once said, “Thinking is what we already know that we have not yet begun,” let us now praise two not-so-famous men. Each had long rich… Continue Reading We have daily reminders of the ‘best and the brightest’

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Attorney Lindsay Fischer said this morning that he intends to appeal District Court Judge Scott Sells’ decision to dismiss his suit against the city. “I suppose if someone came into the office and held a gun to my head and said ‘don’t appeal,’ I wouldn’t,” Fischer said, “but otherwise I’m going ahead.” Fischer sued to… Continue Reading Fischer to appeal USOC decision

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Hours after attorney Lindsay Fischer filed a 25-page response regarding his lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs alleging that the city’s plan to issue certificates of participation secured by a fire station and the Police Operations Center is illegal, District Judge Scott Sells threw out the suit. In a brief order characterizing the COPs… Continue Reading Judge throws out Fischer’s USOC lawsuit

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Attorney Lindsay Fischer filed a 25 page response yesterday in his lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs, which alleges that the city’s plan to mortgage the Police Operations Center and Fire Station 8 and use the proceeds to pay for the proposed retention package for the U.S. Olympic Committee is illegal. Fischer filed the… Continue Reading Fischer files response in USOC case; judge may rule tomorrow

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Colorado Springs lacks positive leadership, community collaboration, is rapidly losing young professionals and the local Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights severely handicaps the city’s economic development efforts. That’s the conclusion of the “Operation 60Thirty-five Action Plan” and the “Implementation Matrix” prepared by Angelou Economics of Austin, Texas, at the request of more than a dozen public and… Continue Reading Angelou: City economic development compromised by systemic problems

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One of the strangest — and for me, one of the most endearing — characteristics of our confusing time is our affection for antique forms of transportation such as trains and bicycles. In pre-bust California, the giddy voters authorized the state to issue nearly $10 billion in transportation bonds to finance a proposed high-speed rail… Continue Reading Forget the rails, my bike really would have liked Ike

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Spurred on by the then-booming economy during 2007, Colorado legislators and liberal interest groups were poised to load the 2008 ballot with revenue-enhancing proposals — or, less politely, new taxes. Interviewed by the Denver Post during October of 2007, then-House Speaker Andrew Romanoff said, “If I had to choose today between providing health care for… Continue Reading Days of red ink reckoning loom for foreseeable future

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Lots of taking but not a whole lot of giving back

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Monday was, in case you hadn’t noticed, one of the most glorious Labor Days in years. Start with perfect weather, balloons galore in the morning, the American Discovery Trail Marathon a little later and ending, as thousands of us did, with beer, wine, backyard cookouts and kids throwing glowsticks in the moonlight. I went for… Continue Reading Lots of taking but not a whole lot of giving back

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The author of the economic impact analysis describes the study as ‘the ultimate downside risk analysis.’
Continue Reading City can’t find data used to justify USOC deal

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