Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax […]
Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to expand the solar gardens program at Colorado Springs Utilities. CSU will pay a performance-based incentive of 16 cents per kilowatt hour generated by up to 3 megawatts of solar panels installed in gardens during the first year of the expanded program. The pilot program allowed for 2 megawatts […]
The office of the El Paso County clerk and recorder, in cooperation with the Colorado Springs city clerk, has opened six 24/7 ballot drop boxes and installed office-hour drop boxes inside city Department of Motor Vehicle offices to support the 2015 Colorado Springs municipal election. The 24/7 boxes and the interior boxes at the DMV offices […]
City Councilor Tim Leigh is at it again – dropping bombshells via email. This time, Leigh wants the entire board of directors for the Colorado Springs Utilities, essentially City Council members in a different role – to step down. He wants to suspend the current board and have Mayor Steve Bach appoint an interim board […]
Woodland Park voters will face a record number of ballot questions in the city’s April 5 election, nine of which are proposed charter amendments that would streamline governmental processes and create incentives for new business. Recommendations to streamline operations, which include term-limit modifications for council and mayoral appointments, as well as public notification requirements and […]
The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Governmental Affairs Advisory Council is hosting two opportunities to meet the candidates running for governor. Business leaders and others are invited to hear directly from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican candidate Bob Beauprez. The events will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. No registration is required […]
What’s the perfect business? Wouldn’t it be one that’s immune to competition, inexpensive to operate, simple to manage and cash-based?
The combined efforts of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center — a national not-for-profit — and locally based for-profit Meeting the Challenge Inc. have resulted in a more accessible world for the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act passed 24 years ago this month and, according to Chief Operating Officer Kent Kelley of Meeting the Challenge, […]
Long-time City Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring as of July 28. Young has been a city employee since 1983. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the […]
In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city's TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
Colorado Springs is set to have one economic development organization – one that combines the efforts of the Economic Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce. After an meeting Tuesday that lasted more than six hours, the two groups voted unanimously to merge operations – at least in principle, said Bill Hodgkins, board president for […]
As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience […]