City Awash in Cash: None of it Goes to Roads.

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During last week’s City Council Work Session, Chief Financial Officer, Charae “Cha-Ching” McDaniel presented details about the $76 million in federal taxpayer COVID relief funds that have poured into City of Colorado Springs coffers. At the July 12th City Council work session meeting, Council members remarked about how they need to take advantage of the […]

Olympic Museum Boondoggle: Two Public Servants Respond

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Photo Credit: In the week after we published our blog called Olympic Museum Boondoggle, we’ve received email communications from two El Paso County Commissioners. We appreciate that Commissioner Holly Williams and Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez are accountable for their votes in favor of giving  $500,000 of taxpayer funds to the Olympic Museum, in exchange for […]

Olympic Museum Boondoggle

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Last week, the Colorado Springs Independent wrote several revealing stories about the United States Olympic Museum asking the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Colorado Springs for bailout funds following the COVID-19 pandemic. Wait a second: We remember when the City administrators said that taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook […]

Response From COS “Public Communication Specialist” Invites Salary and Benefits Scrutiny

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Photo Credit: The Daily Hatch A reader recently contacted us with a concern: He had contacted his City Councilman and instead of hearing back from his elected public servant, he received a response from a “Public Communication Specialist.” A Public Communication Specialist is a real job in the City of Colorado Springs, believe it or […]

COS Citizen Calls Out Bureaucrats for Overrepresentation of Cyclists in Plan COS Surveys

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Says surveys are “Garbage in/Garbage out” In a February virtual ConnectCOS meeting, City staff shared results from a ConnectCOS survey. Several pieces of information did not add up. It made us wonder if City staff sought out certain special interest groups to participate in the survey. We anticipate these survey results will be touted as […]

COS Government Fumbles Public Comment and Participation

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Photo Credit: Chester Spirit More than a year ago, we expressed concern about local government pushing through projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. As City Hall shut its doors to in-person citizen meeting attendance, we said, “now is not the time to sneak in agendas that the majority don’t want.” Citizens were preoccupied with COVID-19, and […]

Mayor Suthers Pitches Increase to Stormwater Fee

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Photo Where else but in America, do taxpayers pay for a federal agency to sue their city, pay attorney fees on both sides, and then pick up the tab for the imposed fines and future required projects? Let’s look back at the history of the Colorado Springs Stormwater Fee to understand what taxpayers are […]