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Colorado Springs Utilities’ $954.4 million budget for 2020 was recently approved by the Colorado Springs City Council, which also serves as the Utilities board of directors. That budget puts it in the same size category as Colorado companies such as Otter Products ($923.6 million, according to Inc.’s 2018 rankings), a Fort Collins-based firm that makes […]

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Dozens of citizens made impassioned pleas on both sides of the argument surrounding the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant that looms southwest of downtown at Monday’s Colorado Springs Utilities board meeting, but the board delayed a decision about when the plant might close. The Utilities board, composed of all nine elected city council members, voted […]

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Colorado Springs residents may periodically complain about utility rates, but they’re in pretty good shape compared to their southern neighbor, Pueblo. The two largest cities in the greater Pikes Peak region are only 40 miles apart, but their electric utility costs are very different. Based on national averages, Colorado Springs rates for commercial, industrial and […]

This weekend, Colorado Springs will host two city-sponsored Earth Day events aimed at keeping the city clean and sustainable. The city will kick off its celebration of Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) with the “Great American Cleanup,” during which around 1,500 volunteers will work to clean sites from Monument to Fountain. The sites set to […]

Sales tax revenue continues to rise in the city of Colorado Springs, according to reports from Kara Skinner, finance officer.   The 2 percent general fund sales-and-use tax revenue is used for police, fire, street repairs and park maintenance. Additional taxes include a .62 percent road repair, maintenance and improvement tax, as well as a […]

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Born in Puerto Rico, Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart grew up in the Denver area. His parents were both southern Colorado natives, hailing from Trinidad and Manzanola. But his heart’s always been in Pueblo. Hart first came to Pueblo in 1971 to attend college at Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University, Pueblo). Graduating […]