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Budgets fall behind as projects back up

Budgets fall behind as projects back up

It’s been said Colorado has two seasons: winter and construction. Winter is over, and heavy machinery and hard hats can be seen almost everywhere around Colorado Springs. Despite the volume of active and pending road and bridge projects, the funding needed to merely keep up with regional infrastructure demands is nowhere in sight, experts say.… Continue Reading Budgets fall behind as projects back up

Stormwater vote could be costly

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Rest assured, in numerous meetings and conversations already, those people who put two-plus years into the campaign for stormwater, which became the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and Ballot Question 1B in the recent election, have been talking about what happens next. They don’t have a lot of answers for how they might have done… Continue Reading Stormwater vote could be costly

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Budget provides textbook on city operations

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This’ll make for many hours of interesting reading,” said a cheerful city employee in the print shop, located in the basement of the City Administration Building. “Yeah, right!” I retorted, “I can’t wait to sit down before the fireplace, faithful dogs at my feet, and begin reading.” That said, I plunked down $12 for a… Continue Reading Budget provides textbook on city operations

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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PPRTA unveils Austin Bluffs Parkway designs, holding open house

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The Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority and City of Colorado Springs will present the completed designs for widening three key segments of Austin Bluffs Parkway at an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4210 Austin Bluffs Parkway. To see the designs or for more information, go… Continue Reading PPRTA unveils Austin Bluffs Parkway designs, holding open house

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PPRTA board seeks volunteer for advisory committee

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority is seeking a volunteer to serve on its citizen advisory committee. The committee provides recommendations to the PPRTA board of directors about budgets, contracts and project implementation. Committee members must live in Colorado Springs, unincorporated El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls or Ramah. Members must be able… Continue Reading PPRTA board seeks volunteer for advisory committee

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Business community contributes to tax issues passing

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Ballot issues to raise taxes have not historically fared well in El Paso County. So it was a surprise to some when two such issues passed with wide margins Tuesday. Ballot issue 1A, which called for a 23-hundredths of a cent sales tax increase to support staffing increases and equipment upgrades at the Sheriff’s Office,… Continue Reading Business community contributes to tax issues passing

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El Paso County voters returned nearly all incumbents to their positions, voted to remove extra terms for commissioners and gave both the sheriff and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority the tax money they asked for in years to come. They also gave the county two Democratic members of the state House, with Pete Lee… Continue Reading Local voters pass taxes for sheriff, PPRTA, retain commissioners

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PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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This fall’s ballot includes an important issue that affects voters every day: the extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital improvement program. The PPRTA was initiated in 2004 by business and community leaders to address a critical backlog of transportation projects, after Colorado Springs was named the nation’s most-congested city of its size.… Continue Reading PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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PPRTA to hold Fillmore open house

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will hold an open house about the Fillmore corridor improvement project from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. The PPRTA will outline the construction phases and timeline, and people will have a change to meet the contractor in charge… Continue Reading PPRTA to hold Fillmore open house

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