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The “strong mayor” voter initiative heading for the November ballot would bestow sweeping new powers to the mayor of Colorado Springs, giving rise to an obvious question: who benefits? The mayor would have the power to hire and fire most city employees, to prepare the city budget and to veto most council actions. The proposal… Continue Reading Who will benefit from the strong-mayor initiative?

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Citizens for Accountable Leadership, the group seeking to change the city’s form of government to a strong-mayor system, filed a list of contributions and expenditures with the city clerk this afternoon. The group reported contributions of $58,100.23 and expenditures of $56,139.06. So far, the organization has received contribution from 12 individuals and three companies. Of… Continue Reading Strong mayor group files list of contributors

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The proposed ballot amendment that would establish a “strong mayor” system in Colorado Springs would change eight sections of the city charter, in apparent violation of the single-subject ordinance. That measure, adopted by the City Council in 1995, was written in hopes of ending “log rolling,” in which “diverse and unrelated matters” are bundled together… Continue Reading Strong mayor initiative tests single-subject ordinance

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A petition committee headed by Douglas Bruce has filed a proposed “strong mayor” initiative, which proposes giving the mayor power lower taxes, excuse code violators, prepay debts and impound funds. The mayor also would be empowered to direct enterprises such as Colorado Springs Utilities, Memorial Health System, the Pikes Peak Highway and golf courses.  He… Continue Reading Bruce submits rival ‘strong mayor’ amendment

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Citizens for Accountable Government, the group calling for a switch to a strong mayor form of government in Colorado Springs, may find that an obscure 1992 city ordinance could derail its efforts. The measure restricts any initiative to a single subject. Created in response to multi-subject initiatives such as the Douglas Bruce-authored 1991 “mini-TABOR” amendment,… Continue Reading ‘Strong mayor,’ single subject?

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Imagine you’re a private in the military. You’re one of nine soldiers in your infantry squad, led by a sergeant. You’re in some godforsaken part of an unfortunate Middle Eastern country, trying your best to control an Al Qaeda-based insurgency. Rank doesn’t matter. You endure the same dangers, eat the same food, and look out… Continue Reading Do we want a ‘strong mayor,’ second-class council?

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Citizens for Accountable Leadership, a group proposing changes in the structure government in Colorado Springs, released a list of 70 community members who have joined their effort. The supporters will join committee chairs Andy McElhany, Mary Ellen McNally and Chuck Murphy in creating ballot initiative that, if approved, will introduce a “strong mayor” form of… Continue Reading Strong mayor group lists supporters

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