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The father of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights is headed to court to face a contempt charge. Douglas Bruce is accused of contempt of court for allegedly evading a legal summons. Bruce was subpoenaed in a lawsuit over some budget-cutting proposals on Colorado ballots this fall. Bruce says he was simply out of town and… Continue Reading Bruce faces contempt hearing

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A few minutes before two last Thursday afternoon, the city council chambers were almost vacant. A graying, portly middle-aged man sat alone at a desk facing the council dais, surrounded by stacks of legal documents. It was Douglas Bruce, waiting patiently for the title-setting board to rule on his latest proposed charter amendment. Shuffling his… Continue Reading Love him or hate him, it’s his constitutional right

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A petition committee headed by Douglas Bruce has filed a proposed “strong mayor” initiative, which proposes giving the mayor power lower taxes, excuse code violators, prepay debts and impound funds. The mayor also would be empowered to direct enterprises such as Colorado Springs Utilities, Memorial Health System, the Pikes Peak Highway and golf courses.  He… Continue Reading Bruce submits rival ‘strong mayor’ amendment

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Correction

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Information in a blog posting by John Hazlehurst titled “Bruce rings bell, media salivates,” which was published on www.csbj.com on Aug. 19 was incorrect. The blog stated that, “It turned out that Mr. Bruce had been tossed off Costco’s property a year before, for the same reason.” Mr. Bruce was not removed from the property… Continue Reading Correction

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The city’s plan to collect delinquent stormwater fees by converting them into tax liens might be in trouble.

At this morning’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, former commissioner and TABOR author Douglas Bruce appeared before the commission and told them that, in his opinion, County Treasurer Sandra Damron does not have the authority to issue or collect such linens.

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Douglas Bruce apparently failed to collect enough signatures within the required time frame to put a proposed citizen initiative regarding city utilities payments in lieu of taxes on the November ballot. Under the city charter, which governs procedures for signature gathering and for submitting citizen initiated petitions, “all petitions shall be returned and filed with… Continue Reading Bruce misses signature-gathering deadline for November initiative

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Mayor Lionel Rivera touted the city’s economic development victories, warned of tough economic decisions ahead and downplayed problems with the U.S. Olympic Committee development agreement during his State of the City speech today. He said keeping the USOC in Colorado Springs would bring new shops, restaurants and tens of thousands of sporting fans to the city.… Continue Reading Mayor: Don’t worry about USOC, worry about city budget

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Department of Revenue seeks Bruce records

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Three agents from the Criminal Investigation Section of Colorado Department of Revenue were at the El Paso County budget department on Thursday morning seeking information about former County Commissioner Douglas Bruce.

According to an e-mail written by Nicola Sapp, the county’s financial services director, the agents asked about Bruce’s “charitable” donations and “any meetings that were held related to that topic. … They requested copies of his W-2 and W-4 (forms) …”

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