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Businesses are likely to see their water bills increase 8.6 percent during 2013 and again in 2014, and as much as 5 percent in 2015 as Colorado Springs Utilities seeks to offset costs for the mammoth Southern Delivery System. Residential rates are likely to increase as much as 10 percent during 2013 and 2014 and 5… Continue Reading Business water-rates to jump 18% in two years

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Drake Power Plant’s days could be numbered. But it could be decades before the familiar plumes of steam no longer dominate the downtown landscape. The Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors – essentially, City Council – asked the utilities staff to study the feasibility of de-commissioning Drake, the coal-fired power plant. Tentatively, the study will… Continue Reading Utilities to study options for Drake power plant

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Regional governmental groups will meet with Gov. John Hickenlooper to discuss transportation funding for the Pikes Peak region.   The meeting is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Penrose House Conference Center’s Pavilion.   All mayors, city council, county commissioners, town trustees and city managers in the Pikes Peak region… Continue Reading Hickenlooper, regional leaders to meet Friday

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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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