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In the event that Colorado Springs voters fail to approve a proposed mill levy increase during the Nov. 3 election, the city will have to make many painful choices. Will council implement furloughs and layoffs, close the Pioneers Museum and city recreation centers, and put the city park system on “life support”? We don’t know.… Continue Reading Postponing inevitable is what got us to where we are now

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City Council this afternoon chose Sean Paige, former editorial page editor of The Gazette, to replace District 3 Councilman Jerry Heimlicher.

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Paige chosen for city council

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City Council chose former Colorado Springs Gazette opinion editor Sean Paige to fill the vacant District 3 Council seat. The council voted 5-3 for Paige, who bested another finalist Phil Lane, a former Pepsi distributor. Paige will replace Jerry Heimlicher, who was re-elected in April and resigned last month.

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Heimlicher resigning

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Colorado Springs City Councilman Jerry Heimlicher announced today that he will resign Sept. 30. Heimlicher has served on council since 2003, representing District 3, the southwest quadrant of the city. Heimlicher, a retired Ford credit executive of 38 years, said he has concerns about whether his executive pension will remain intact, given the auto industry’s… Continue Reading Heimlicher resigning

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More than 200 people gathered this morning at the Pioneers Museum to kickoff “A City Worth Fighting For,” a campaign to persuade voters to approve a 10-mill city property tax increase. The campaign is led by councilwoman Jan Martin, who yesterday persuaded her council colleagues to refer the issue to the November ballot. Joining her… Continue Reading 200 gather in support of mill levy increase

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To ensure a more sustainable funding structure, the City of Colorado Springs should consider implementing new taxes and fees, extending or increasing existing taxes and fees, reducing existing tax exemptions, and augment or modify the way it provides services. Continue Reading SFC recommends higher taxes, fees

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USOC, or US no see?

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Will there be, as rumored, a presentation about the newly minted U.S. Olympic Committee deal at today’s informal City Council meeting? The answer is yes, no or maybe.  Here’s what the agenda says. “In accord with the City Charter Art. III, §3-60(d) and its incorporated Colorado Open Meetings Act, §24-6-402(4)(a,b,e), C.R.S., the City Council, in Open Session, is… Continue Reading USOC, or US no see?

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Apparently undeterred by the failure of Issue 1A during April, during its informal meeting this afternoon, City Council will consider whether to ask the voters to extend the 0.665 mill levy once again come November. The mill levy originally supported the 1989 bonds which funded Powers Boulevard and the Police Operations Center.  Unless renewed by the… Continue Reading Mill levy extension redo in November?

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We seem to be in the midst of one of our periodic funks — when we worry about our so-called leadership class. “Alas and alack!” we complain. “We have no leadership!! Where are the great, visionary leaders who will lift us from the slough of despond to the shining heights of optimism — and how… Continue Reading Our so-called city leaders aren’t even faking it that well

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Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small has notified the city attorney and other members of the City Council that he will no longer support closed sessions about the city’s dealings with the U.S. Olympic Committee. He told City Attorney Patricia Kelly that he appreciates her concern about discussing the current litigation in private. “But I… Continue Reading Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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