Groups mum on 1B

The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 5 have declined to endorse County Question 1B, the stormwater measure that would create a regional drainage authority and raise $39 million a year in fees paid by property owners. That bucks the trend of support from influential groups and individuals, such as the Regional Business Alliance and Colorado Springs Forward.

Mayor Steve Bach, however, opposes the measure.

PPA executive Robin Rogers says the 950-member police group doesn't oppose 1B; it merely hasn't endorsed it. "We asked questions and the questions went unanswered," she says. Citizens for Responsible Stormwater Action, the group behind the "yes" campaign, tells the /Indy/ that it's unaware of any unanswered questions. Local 5 has chosen not to weigh in.

The Citizens group has raked in another $46,000, bringing their total to $243,975. Money came from a concrete business in Massachusetts, a Montana investment firm, Colorado Springs Forward and Richard Skorman.

Citizens for Cost Effective Government, a 527 organization opposing the measure, has taken in another $25,000 from a Wichita, Kansas, investment group and from Carol Bogosian Living Trust, Colorado Springs. The group, which has raised a total of $35,000, spent $28,000 recently on radio ads.