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Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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Fees, battles threatening  stormwater

Tuesday was a long and contentious day for El Paso County commissioners, for five members of the Colorado Springs City Council, and especially for the weary members of the Stormwater Task Force. And it ended in uncertainty, with city and county leaders opposing Mayor Steve Bach’s ideas for governance of a stormwater authority. Unless they… Continue Reading Fees, battles threatening stormwater

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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Council shows weak side again

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Just when we thought we couldn’t be surprised anymore by certain members of the Colorado Springs City Council, we found out differently in the past week. Already, we had seen and heard enough to suggest in our editorial two weeks ago that City Council no longer should serve as the board of Colorado Springs Utilities.… Continue Reading Council shows weak side again

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Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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Two local groups lead progress in accessibility

The combined efforts of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center — a national not-for-profit — and locally based for-profit Meeting the Challenge Inc. have resulted in a more accessible world for the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act passed 24 years ago this month and, according to Chief Operating Officer Kent Kelley of Meeting the Challenge,… Continue Reading Two local groups lead progress in accessibility

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Ask a typical Colorado Springs business owner, employee or resident about something related to Fountain, Monument or Green Mountain Falls, and you’ll likely receive nothing more than a shrug in reply. Likewise, try to engage someone from Manitou Springs, Palmer Lake or Calhan about issues specific to Colorado Springs, and you’ll probably hear a similar… Continue Reading Power Lunch faces area issues

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Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

Mayor Steve Bach’s oft-stated goal is to make Colorado Springs the most business-friendly city in America.  Wait a minute! Aren’t we already business-friendly? And if we aren’t, let’s just get rid of the rules and regulations that inhibit business. That’s not as easy as it seems. City ordinances, and the regulatory practices that result from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

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The local Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) for Colorado Springs raises around $4 million annually, a total that has decreased slightly the past several years, with the exception of last year.  According to the city’s 2014 budget, income from LART was $3.955 million in 2011, $3.936 million the following year and $4.023 million in… Continue Reading Take it to the ballot: Raise funds via tourism

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