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Assessor’s Office changes personal property declaration forms

The El Paso County Assessor’s Office has changed the El Paso County DS056 (Regular Business Form) and DS060 (Lessor Business Form) for the 2008 tax year. The changes are expected to make it easier for business owners to complete and submit the forms. Taxpayers owning more than $2,500 in total actual value of personal property… Continue Reading Assessor’s Office changes personal property declaration forms

County to consider budget cuts

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed mandates and balancing options to the county’s revised 2008 budget when it meets Thursday. Earlier this month, the board voted to furlough more than 100 county employees during the weeks of Christmas and Thanksgiving after a shortfall forced it to shave $4.1 million to balance… Continue Reading County to consider budget cuts

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Bonds pass in Denver, Springs needs money

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Denver voters recently passed half a billion dollars worth of bond initiatives, including $70 million to pay for reconstruction of Boettcher Concert hall. So why does Colorado Springs have to moan and groan over even the slightest tax increase? Everyone around here knows that one of the biggest hurdles to getting any tax increase passed… Continue Reading Bonds pass in Denver, Springs needs money

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Downtown shuttle stays, bus fares to increase

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City Council decided last night to forego a proposal to cut 14,000 hours of municipal bus service, which means, among other things, that the free downtown shuttle will remain in operation. Officials had planned to cut $1.3 million of expenses from the city’s bus service budget to cover a revenue shortfall. The downtown shuttle service… Continue Reading Downtown shuttle stays, bus fares to increase

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County mulling workforce furlough

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El Paso County officials are considering a one-week, non-paid furlough of all non-essential employees to help make up an unanticipated $4.1 million budget shortfall. Such a move could affect about 770 employees who do not work in public safety or health and human services, or 35 percent of the county’s 2,329 full-time workers. The furlough… Continue Reading County mulling workforce furlough

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The free downtown shuttle service could come to an end early next year. The city’s public transportation arm, Mountain Metropolitan Transit, had planned to pay for the shuttle’s operation cost starting in 2008, but proposed 2008 public transportation cuts to cover a $1.3 million budget shortfall include eliminating the shuttle service. Proponents of the free… Continue Reading Downtown shuttle service on the chopping block

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The latest fatal and nonfatal injury figures Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry Total recordable cases 4,085,400 in 2006 Cases involving days away from work 1,183,500 in 2006 Cases involving sprains, strains, tears 503,530 in 2005 Cases involving injuries to the back 270,890 in 2005 Cases involving falls 255,750 in 2005 Total fatalities (all sectors)… Continue Reading Workplace injuries drop to lowest rate in four years

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Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration has begun implementing recommendations from the Government Efficiency and Management Performance Review. The $750,000 study is expected to pay for itself many times over, thanks to savings that will be realized from hundreds of “common sense suggestions” that came from state employees. Among them: Provide the Department of Health Care Policy… Continue Reading State efficiency review suggestions to save $90 million

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The Pikes Peak region represents a small geographic section of the state – but a proportionally larger share of the state’s population and earnings, according to a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs study. The report, which was commissioned by the Colorado Association of Realtors, details the statewide and regional economic impact of the real… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region a big contributor to state’s earnings

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