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Colorado Springs
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers wants more police officers and firefighters. City council agrees, but also wants to add more bus service and watering in city parks. All will likely be approved when the 2018 city budget is finalized Dec. 12. Suthers submitted his proposed 2018 budget to city council on Oct. 3, as required, […]
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Pay raises, replacing the city fleet and parks maintenance were the big winners when Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers presented his 2018 balanced budget to City Council Oct. 3. The $288.9 million budget is $16.3 million — or 6 percent — higher than the 2017 version. The 640-page proposal likely will be tweaked by city […]
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El Paso County recently joined a growing number of municipalities throughout the world to create what are being called “smart cities,” in which data is used to make cities operate more efficiently. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal (“The Rise of the Smart City” by Michael Totty) described the trend thusly: “In just […]
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Judging by campaign contributions, the business community is highly interested in the April 4 city election. Led by Colorado Springs Forward and the Housing and Building Association, business interests have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to five city council candidates. There might have been six recipients, but one contest drew a single candidate. Five […]
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Financial planners at odds over implications for the retirement services industry Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered the review (and subsequent delay) of a Department of Labor investment-advice rule that would require financial advisers to act in the best interests of clients seeking retirement services, requiring them to disclose any conflicts of interest or fees […]
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Colorado Springs-based political group, Liberty First, will host a community forum Jan. 17 at 6:45 p.m. in the meeting room at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The hour-and-a-half open discussion will allow citizens and media the opportunity to ask city councilors questions pertaining to city-related topics and issues. In light of upcoming city elections, the […]
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Currently, for a citizen-initiated amendment to be placed on the ballot to change Colorado’s constitution, an individual or group must collect about 98,492 voter signatures and receive more than 50 percent of the vote. Some people want to change that. One of the major issues examined during 2015 bipartisan discussions across the state — known […]
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The proposed 2017 city budget makes interesting reading — all 639 pages of it. Most of it is dry and predictable, but some sections stand out because they illustrate budget tendencies or anomalies that deserve examination. Here are five takeaways from this year’s proposed budget for Colorado Springs. CITY DEBT In an era when many […]
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During his second State of the City address as mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers spoke at The Broadmoor hotel on Sept. 8 about the city’s progress and potential — painting an optimistic picture of health and prosperity. “A year ago, in my first State of the City address, I reported that the state of […]
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It’s been a difficult month for Amendment 69 supporters. The November ballot issue would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system, and Colorado would act as guinea pig for the rest of the United States. But even progressive groups expected by many to support such a system have recently turned against it, concerned about […]
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To counter complaints in the business community about the city’s growing transient population, Manitou Springs has contracted with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department to provide patrol officers to start this week and continue through Labor Day Weekend. The tourist town has seen its homeless population rise during the […]
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Knowledge is power — or so the saying goes. But lately, it seems some public entities are acting as if releasing information is disempowering. What happens when residents want information from their government? How do citizens who are deeply and personally concerned about governmental actions — or inaction — fare when they seek information? What […]
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