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El Paso County is reporting a threefold jump in use tax collections. In spite of a nearly 20 percent drop in building valuation for the first eight months of the year, use tax collections on building materials increased threefold during the same period. From April through August, collections of use tax on building materials is… Continue Reading County use tax collections up 373 percent

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Commercial lending is not a business for the faint of heart. Several years ago, lenders worked overtime — scarcely able to keep up with demand. Now, they must patiently stay the course, until the market scrapes bottom before rising. Nationally, commercial and industrial lending is described in such reticent terms as “unlikely to loosen quickly.”… Continue Reading The dog days of recession for commercial lenders

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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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El Paso County Administrator Jeff Greene has been named “National County Leader of the Year” for 2009 by the National Association of Counties. “From reorganizing all departments to working through huge deficits to balance the budget, County Administrator Jeff Greene has spent the last year moving El Paso County, Colorado through troubled times,” according to… Continue Reading Greene named ‘National County Leader of the Year’

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The city has apparently forgotten to turn in homework on time. It has failed to meet the July 24 deadline to submit notice for participation in the November election as required by state statute. So, whether Colorado Springs issues will be included on the ballot depends on whether County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink will… Continue Reading City misses county election deadline

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El Paso County’s foreclosure rate for May was 1.6 percent – up 0.4 percentage point compared to May 2008 when the rate was 1.1 percent. Based on its latest report from First American CoreLogic, the Pikes Peak region’s foreclosure rate was still lower than the national rate of 2.5., representing a 0.9 percent increase on… Continue Reading El Paso County foreclosure rate lags national average

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Despite a 34 percent year-to-year reduction in the construction of new single family homes and a 49 percent reduction in commercial construction, the amount of money El Paso County has collected from use taxes on building materials has more than doubled.
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El Paso County launched a prescription discount program today that is available to its residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, which has negotiated a high-volume discount with Caremark, which gets the medicine from the pharmaceutical companies. The average savings is 23 percent.  El Paso… Continue Reading County launches discount drug card program

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El Paso County’s ambulance service can now track patterns of illness and crime on calls it responds to. American Medical Response launched the tracking program, called FirstWatch, earlier this year – and is using it to track calls with complaints of flu-like symptoms, said Laura Saenz, communications center manager for AMR. So far, no patterns… Continue Reading Ambulance illness, crime tracking system in place

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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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