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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

Mayor Bach: Let us know

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This week brought consecutive days of major local headlines. Monday, the news came from County Commissioner Amy Lathen, announcing her candidacy for mayor of Colorado Springs in the April 2015 municipal election. Tuesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined the battle, saying he will commence his campaign after his state office term ends in January.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach: Let us know

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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You’re the mayor of Colorado Springs. You’re exasperated with City Council and the Board of County Commissioners. They’re not paying attention to your frequently expressed concerns about the proposed Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority. You’ve emailed, you’ve written letters, you’ve met individually, you’ve sent lawyers, chiefs of staff, consultants, public works directors, every damned director… Continue Reading Bach’s position sets stage for mayoral race

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For those who were watching the special meeting Tuesday afternoon of the El Paso County commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council, in person or on TV/computer, you saw an amazing — even memorable — display of local politics in action … or perhaps that should be inaction. For three hours in the Council Chambers… Continue Reading City, county almost make it work, except …

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Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

Small developers find different obstacles every step of the way What’s the key to downtown development? Is it City for Champions, tearing down the Martin Drake Power Plant, or is it something else? We don’t know. But regardless of your position on C4C or Drake, you likely agree with downtown boosters that more residential development… Continue Reading Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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Bach vetoes city ordinances on licensing fees

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach vetoed ordinances the city council approved earlier this week. The ordinances would have ended most business licensing fees within the city. “I would very much like to support reducing or eliminating business licensing fees as well as City business personal property taxes,” said Mayor Bach. “Our goal is to be the… Continue Reading Bach vetoes city ordinances on licensing fees

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Stormwater effort takes hold

The Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA), aka the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Authority, aka the Pikes Peak Regional Flood Control Authority is, like the summer floods that it seeks to mitigate, building momentum. At Monday’s City Council work session, Councilors considered and commented on a proposed intergovernmental agreement establishing the PPRDA. The draft agreement… Continue Reading Stormwater effort takes hold

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Say what you want about Mayor Steve Bach, but he can sure fill a room! More than 600 members of the Colorado Springs business/government/nonprofit community gathered Thursday at the Broadmoor International Center for the Mayor’s “State of the City” speech. As befits one of the region’s most notable power lunches, it was a networkers’ dream… Continue Reading Bach talks about challenges, need for action in State of the City

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