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Water woes send ripple through economy

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The water shortage hit Colorado Springs like a sucker punch, except in this case it was telegraphed two years in advance. Colorado had already endured consecutive years of drought, but spring came and the water flowed. By the time the Colorado Springs City Council invoked mandatory conservation measures, water supplies were seriously low, and consumers… Continue Reading Water woes send ripple through economy

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Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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The slide in city sales and use tax revenue has stopped, at least for now. The city’s sales and use tax for August increased 2.27 percent over the prior year period. Sales tax actually dropped by .81 percent, but use taxes increased by just over 40 percent. An example of a use tax would be… Continue Reading Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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Real Estate Briefs September 13, 2002

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Aloha…A Post- Vacation Perspective Just when you thought Colorado Springs was the only locality faced with environmental challenges (e.g., the Preble mouse), consider Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The “Big Island” relies heavily on Highway 19 (which loops the entire island). Unfortunately, some parts of the highway narrow to two slow lanes near the coffee plantations. In an… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs September 13, 2002

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A pipeline that would provide water to small, financially strapped towns in southern Colorado could be in service quicker if Congress acts on a bill introduced by Congressman Bob Schaffer, R-Colorado. The bill provides for expedited construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit, which would provide water directly to recipients from the Pueblo Reservoir. The bill… Continue Reading CO Congressman wants to speed up water pipeline project

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Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Congratulations this week to the City of Fountain for its 2002 designations as one of the country’s top ten “All American Cities.” Mayor Ken Barela and City Manager, Greg Nyhoff, along with the Fountain City Council definitely get credit for raising the awareness, the commitment and the money (the national competition requires that a city… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Colorado Springs Utilities’ water conservation message is reaching some – but water savings so far are about six percent below the 20 percent target number. Since implementing stage two water restrictions on June 11, residents have cut back water use by about 14 percent. On June 30, residents used over 134 million gallons of water.… Continue Reading Water shortages: some get it, some don't care

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A federal designation that the entire state of Colorado is a national drought disaster area further reinforces pleas from the Colorado Springs City Council for residents to conserve water. It also amplifies the importance of Colorado Springs Utilities director Phil Tollefson’s speech to members of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. The importance of… Continue Reading CO named drought area; water dispute escalates

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Go ahead, run those sprinklers every day – but be aware, it will cost you. Ignore the rules and you’ll pay at least an extra $150, and maybe more, if a proposed plan for new water rates is adopted by City Council. Voluntary water conservation hasn’t worked so far, as a voluntary request a few… Continue Reading Drought may dramatically increase water rates

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Voluntary water conservation isn’t working in Colorado Springs. Since the city recently asked residents to cut consumption by 10 percent, consumption has risen over 30 percent for the same period a year ago. At a news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace asked residents to be considerate of the voluntary water reduction because of… Continue Reading Colorado Springs mayor seeks water conservation

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Before a couple hundred single-family homes could join the pristine wildlife on an estimated 130-acre plot of land near the Big Johnson Reservoir, developers would have to overcome myriad obstacles. The biggest question, however, may be why anyone would want to live there in the first place. The area in northwest Colorado Springs had been… Continue Reading Colorado Springs housing developer interested in Big Johnson Reservoir

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