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Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and… Continue Reading City shouldn’t give away relic from its past

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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City, PERA appear close to announcing settlement

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Colorado Springs and the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) apparently have settled their multi-year dispute concerning the withdrawal of Memorial Health System from PERA. Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council met behind closed doors in executive session in a “special meeting” prior to a regularly scheduled meeting as the Utility Board. In attendance:… Continue Reading City, PERA appear close to announcing settlement

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Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

In November 2010, Colorado Springs voters approved a radical change in the City Charter by a 60-40 margin. Issue 300, a citizen-initiated charter amendment, replaced the city manager form of government with a “strong mayor” system. The amendment, supported by an ad hoc coalition of longtime local business leaders, benefited from a sophisticated, heavily funded… Continue Reading Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

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Tuesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council pivoted mindlessly between farce and tragedy. The meeting started on a lighthearted note, as Jan Martin sought to persuade Council to forward the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Committee’s recommendations for the 2015 budget to Mayor Steve Bach without changes. It seemed like a no-brainer, since Council will… Continue Reading Council sinks to new low over Jones Park

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The time has come to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about Keith King. The City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 22, was a particularly sad and dispiriting spectacle, magnifying questions about King’s leadership as Council president. King allows — even encourages — Councilors Joel Miller and Don Knight to make lengthy political speeches from… Continue Reading King: Inevitable conclusion tells us it’s time to go

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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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Licensing fees: Look deeper

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On the surface, what the Colorado Springs City Council decided Tuesday afternoon might sound wonderful for the local business community. In fact, if Council went into its formal meeting with the subconscious idea of trying to upstage the primary election, it briefly succeeded. The action, by a 5-4 vote, would remove licensing fees for many… Continue Reading Licensing fees: Look deeper

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