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City releases stormwater expenditure report

City releases stormwater expenditure report

City officials released this week a comprehensive list of stormwater expenditures from 2004 through 2014 to give citizens a more comprehensive picture of total spending. According to a news release issued by the city, the stormwater program for the city of Colorado Springs has included substantial spending over the past 15 years on “new flood control… Continue Reading City releases stormwater expenditure report

We need real money for stormwater

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At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a stormwater resolution presented by Councilor Jan Martin. The plan calls for an annual total of $19 million in designated stormwater funding, beginning in 2016. This number assumes $8 million will be available annually from funds now used to pay principal and interest on… Continue Reading We need real money for stormwater

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Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Throughout her eight years on the Colorado Springs City Council, Jan Martin has tried to take the high road — even when it wasn’t the popular way to go. She has believed strongly in the need for dealing with stormwater. She feels the city’s residents should be convinced to pay more (yes, in taxes) to… Continue Reading Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Bach to ask for stormwater vote

Following voter rejection of the proposed Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority on Nov. 4, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will bring forward a detailed “Financing Plan for High Priority Unfunded CIP” at Monday’s City Council work session. Bach will ask that “that City Council refer an item to the April 2015 Municipal election requesting voter… Continue Reading Bach to ask for stormwater vote

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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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Economic perspectives on stormwater

By Tom Binnings Senior Partner at Summit Economics   As an economist who is seriously concerned about the trajectory of our local economy, I was pleased to hear Tom Zwirlein of UCCS advocate for passing the Stormwater 1B initiative at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum last week. While I was greatly enthused with Dr. Zwirlein’s… Continue Reading Economic perspectives on stormwater

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Local ballot issues to consider

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Just a week or so from now, mail ballots will go out to voters across El Paso County for the Nov. 4 election, which means thousands of area residents will be making their decisions and quickly casting their votes. As we’ve indicated since taking over ownership of the Colorado Springs Business Journal in June 2012,… Continue Reading Local ballot issues to consider

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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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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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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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