</em>David Vessey’s article pushing county tax increase 1A was wildly inaccurate.
His second sentence begins, “After years of tax cuts …” What tax cuts are those? County tax revenue is millions more than in prior years. Continue Reading Inaccuracies abound in Vessey’s support for 1A
</em>Colorado is a good place to do business. Our state’s employers and employees work together in a finely tuned balance that has been maintained for decades.
However, a number of divisive measures on this year’s ballot have threatened this balance and would undermine our strong economy, which has allowed the state to attract jobs and investment. Continue Reading A call to action for Colorado’s business community: Vote no on Amendments 47, 49 and 54
</em>I disagree with the CSBJ 9/26 editorial attacking Douglas Bruce’s petitions to end the stormwater tax and the hidden utility tax.
First, you called issues 200 and 201 charter amendments. They are ordinary ordinances. You say “property taxes are declining,” when revenue is rising. Issue 201 is phased in over 10 years, so citing today’s slow revenue growth is misleading. Continue Reading Making a case for 200, 201
</em>Recently Doug Bruce indicated that I, as the Stormwater Advisory Committee chairman, had publicly admitted the issue was not put on the ballot because City Council knew it would lose. Continue Reading Setting the record straight on the Stormwater Enterprise
</em>Thanks to John Hazlehurst for the very detailed review of the array of ballot initiatives facing Colorado voters in November (“Amendments could change face of Colorado economy,” Sept. 19). Continue Reading Amendment 51 also important to business community
</em>The Sept. 12 CSBJ issue, HBA supplement with the headline and article “Here he goes again” by Scott Hente seems to be an extension of Mr. Hente’s personal regards for Doug Bruce.
Mr. Hente appears to be very concerned with the alleged effects of Bruce’s ballot measures. I believe that Mr. Hente must answer a few questions that the taxpayers of this community need truthful answers to. Continue Reading Time for some truthful answers
</em>Sen. John McCain’s farsighted call for Western governor talks to cooperatively solve Western water shortages could soon bear fruit.
Innovative high-altitude, pumped-storage projects can efficiently solve most of the Western region’s renewable water and energy shortages, caused by explosive growth and highly variable droughts and climate change conditions. Continue Reading McCain’s call for water solutions on target
</em>Councilman Scott Hente resorts to the old trick of diverting taxpayer attention to the “general fund” portion of the city budget, rather than the entire $360 million passing through council hands this year (up $13 million from last year). See www.CityReforms.com for the facts.
He says stormwater tax revenue should be ignored since council labeled it an “enterprise.” Continue Reading City councilman simply trying to cloud the issues
</em>The city’s Street Division and Colorado Springs Utilities coordinate repair work as much as possible so that freshly paved streets don’t have to be cut for utilities work. Continue Reading Eliminating street cut fees would be detrimental to city streets
</em>RE: Letter by Scott Hente: “Bruce doesn’t have his facts straight about city finances”
Scott Hente seems to be telling the abbreviated story in regards to real revenue and costs to operate the city.
Let’s start with the PLIT (payment in lieu of taxes). I would venture to say that it is illegal as it violates the intent of the law. Continue Reading Councilman needs to do more than ‘just talk a good game’