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Drilling tax proposal faces CO showdown

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A contoversial tax proposal aimed at stifling local opposition to oil and gas drilling is nearing a decision in the Colorado House. The measure would take severance tax payments from local governments that take steps to slow or prevent oil and gas drilling. The bill comes after state energy regulators clashed with county and municipal… Continue Reading Drilling tax proposal faces CO showdown

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Twenty-five master’s-level students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs have been investigating the local issue of oil and gas exploration. They will reveal their findings at a public meeting at 4:45 p.m. May 11 in Dwire Hall on the campus. The students began with the premise that El Paso County stands to benefit… Continue Reading UCCS MBA students investigate local oil and gas exploration

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City fills vacant positions

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has filled several vacant positions in his administration – including an interim planning director. Kyle Campbell will be the new interim director of planning. Campbell is getting paid $175 an hour, which city officials say is the standard consultant fee. Campbell was chosen for the position because of his 20-year… Continue Reading City fills vacant positions

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Colorado Springs sales-and-use tax collections are up in the first two months of 2012, higher than the first two months of 2011. Overall, collections are 6.9 percent higher than at this time last year, according to the collections report released by the city Tuesday. In February, the city reported that sales and use tax was… Continue Reading Local sales taxes inch up in first two months of 2012

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Fountain wins award for financial report

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The city of Fountain was awarded a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Fountain received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the field of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The… Continue Reading Fountain wins award for financial report

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More than 100 people showed up to Mayor Steve Bach’s town hall meeting at the Penrose Library Wednesday to talk about how to revitalize downtown. Ideas included creating an Olympics museum, building a Sky Sox stadium, adding high-speed rail, offering more housing options and improving access from Interstate 25. Bach used the opportunity to reiterate… Continue Reading Town hall meeting attendees dream big for downtown

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Mayor hosts town hall meeting about downtown

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Mayor Steve Bach will host his first town hall meeting to discuss his vision for downtown Colorado Springs and upcoming downtown events and festivals tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at the Penrose Public Library at 20 N. Cascade Ave. The mayor’s chief of economic development, Steve Cox, will… Continue Reading Mayor hosts town hall meeting about downtown

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PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will provide $5 million in local match money to widen Interstate 25  north. The project will expand I-25 to six lanes between Woodmen road and Interquest Parkway. Of the $5 million, $2.3 million comes from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money and $2.7 million comes from Surface Transportation Program… Continue Reading PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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Colorado Springs is calling on local architects and designers for their street smarts. The City of Colorado Springs is seeking regional talent to compete in a competition to design streets and surroundinglandscapes. The winner will be paid $1,000. Dubbed the “Cascade SmartScape Challenge,” the competition is sponsored by Xerox and led by City Councilmember Brandy… Continue Reading Streetscape design competition aims to spruce up Cascade Avenue

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Mayor Steve Bach will meet monthly with the Colorado Springs City Council in what he is calling the “Mayor’s Counsel.” The idea, he said, is that the City Council might need some counseling from him and he might need some counseling from them. “We are peers, they are not my Council,” he said. The monthly… Continue Reading Bach will host monthly meetings with City Council

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