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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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It’s hard to resist having fun at the expense of Keith King and City Council. That said, here’s the latest product of Council president King’s fertile mind: a “Marketing Plan” for City Council, apparently combined with a decision timeline for 2014. In writing it, King was clearly affected by the blowback from the latest adventures… Continue Reading ‘Council’s Your Neighbor’ to be City Council motto

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DENVER — With its single ally on the inside of the process changing sides from the dais to the audience, a contingent of civic and government leaders from Colorado Springs presented their case Wednesday for the City for Champions project to the state Economic Development Commission. EDC member Chuck Murphy, after confirming Tuesday that he… Continue Reading City takes its case to state EDC for project funding

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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What the city needs most

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On a regular basis, we’ve tried to keep alive some basic ideas of what our area business community needs. We’ve supported enhancing our local workforce, appealing more to young professionals and turning ideas to reality downtown. We’ve talked about making this region more enticing to outside companies that could bring much-needed new jobs to the… Continue Reading What the city needs most

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Let’s see: A scant majority of city councilors appears to be dead set against the Mayor’s “City for Champions” proposal. Never mind that every other regional elected body has endorsed the application; never mind that we might get $55 million in state tax increment financing for the four Regional Tourism Act projects; never mind that… Continue Reading Betting money on it: Council goes down, C4C rises

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Item 18 of Tuesday’s City Council agenda seemed routine. “An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 12-108 (2013 Appropriation Ordinance) for $2,000,000 and the Grants Fund in the amount of $10,000,000 for the response and repairs required after the September 2013 flooding. (Finance – Kara Skinner).” Skinner, the city’s chief finance officer, gave a crisp summary. Explaining… Continue Reading Council ventures into realm of dysfunction

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Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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The battles have become a war. A divided City Council moved to escalate the Council vs. Mayor Steve Bach differences at Tuesday’s “budget markup” session. In keeping with Council’s recently installed committee structure, Councilor Don Knight, who heads the budget committee, presented proposed changes to Mayor Bach’s preliminary budget. Some seemed petty, such as the… Continue Reading Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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It would be nice if our city’s quarrelsome elected leaders could agree on the most important issues facing Colorado Springs, wouldn’t it? Imagine if Mayor Steve Bach agreed to support a regional stormwater enterprise, and Council got behind the City for Champions projects — wouldn’t that be great? And what’s the matter with them, anyway?… Continue Reading Our personal doctor has his prescription, but is it right?

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

Colorado Springs Utilities customers might see their monthly bills jump nearly 5 percent in January, but local experts and officials say that residents should soon see rates start to level off. “Utility budgets are always a balance between expenditures to ensure safe, reliable utility services and keeping rates as low as possible,” Utilities CEO Jerry… Continue Reading Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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