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At today’s informal  City Council meeting, Councilman Sean Paige will propose a formal city audit of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. In an email to his colleagues, Paige spelled out his reasons. “(The EDC) has cumulatively received a lot of taxpayer and ratepayer money over the years, which makes up a sizable portion… Continue Reading Paige calls for EDC audit

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Ted Eastburn, a former Colorado Springs City Councilman and a cardiologist with Memorial Hospital,  committed suicide this morning at the hospital. Police said hospital staff members reported hearing a gunshot fired from inside a locked office. When police arrived they found the body. Eastburn was elected to the council in 1999 and served a term.… Continue Reading Former councilman Eastburn commits suicide

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Just look at them. They are men of principle, to be sure. They are strong-willed, strong-minded and have spines of steel. They are not to be messed with. Unfortunately for us, they’re also easily blinded by ideology and appear to lack much common sense. That’s right: I’m talking about our very own Colorado Springs City… Continue Reading Mayor, council send the wrong message ­— again

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PILT: Phased out?

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Council has yet to consider codification Voters may have believed that by approving Issue 300 they had put an end to payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT, from utilities to the city’s general fund, but that might not be the case. A draft codifying Issue 300, deferred from the City Council’s regular meeting this week… Continue Reading PILT: Phased out?

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 Here we are, 15 months from the 2011 City Council elections, and the maneuvering has already begun. According to the usual unreliable sources, some of our self-appointed leaders are trying to construct a slate of “appropriate” candidates who, fueled with money and credentials, will sweep into office and replace our present demoralized, delegitimized, and disrespected… Continue Reading Aging lions might be best City Council candidates we have

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At a joint meeting this morning, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners presented the Colorado Springs City Council with a preliminary “partnership proposal” aimed at keeping the Pioneers Museum open during 2010. The proposal contains three “initiatives.” – The city would continue to manage the museum. – The city would return ownership of the… Continue Reading County, city discuss future of Pioneers Museum

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During Monday’s “budget markup session,” City Council members couldn’t stop using three apparently interchangeable phrases. They promised to concentrate upon providing “essential city services,” “vital city functions” and “core city services.” In the view of every one of our nine elected officials, public safety comes first. And after public safety comes yet more public safety,… Continue Reading Now’s the time to hunker down and join in the fight

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 During a lengthy and sometimes contentious budget markup session yesterday, City Council gave tentative approval to multiple cost-cutting and revenue generating proposals aimed at balancing next year’s budget. The measures included: Turning off thousands of streetlights, and letting others go dark for estimated savings of $1.3 million. Eliminating the vendor fee that compensates merchants for… Continue Reading City budget: The party’s over – turn out the lights

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Vice Mayor Larry Small and Councilman Darryl Glenn are often on the opposite side of issues that come before City Council, but they’ve found some common ground.
Continue Reading Small, Glenn already eyeing tough budget decisions

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It’s taken four years and three different ownership groups, but the Mining Exchange building and its neighbors, the Freedom Telegraph, Independence and Municipal Utilities buildings, are ready to be transformed into a 150-room “boutique” hotel and conference center.
That is, as long as the city leaders approve key sales tax-sharing provisions. Continue Reading Mining Exchange hotel developer ready to transform downtown

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