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Colorado Springs stormwater fee opponents fear increases if voters approve the issue

While Mayor John Suthers touts stormwater fees as a route to financial stability for Colorado Springs, others see them as a symptom of the city's insatiable appetite for cash.

Some worry the city will inevitably raise the fees, which appear on El Paso County's November ballot as Issue 2A.

According to the ballot language, the city can raise the fees if ordered to do so by a judge, to come into compliance with state and federal laws or to abide by any intergovernmental agreements preceding June 1, 2016.

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Bruce accuses D11 of stalling on campaign complaint, seeks different judge

Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce believes he's caught Colorado Springs School District 11 with their hand in the cookie jar. He filed a campaign finance complaint against the District last month over the their printing of a postcard which discusses the benefits of a $42 million property tax increase, known as a mill levy override. 

Stormwater raises dough

Invest COS, the "vote yes" committee for the city's stormwater measure (2A) on the Nov. 7 ballot, has raised $311,290 and spent $38,446 as of Sept. 28, campaign finance reports show. No other committees have filed reports for or against 2A. The measure's backers have said they want to raise $500,000 for the campaign....

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At the news conference, Bruce also hammered the city for its stormwater measure, saying, "I have never seen such a dishonest ballot title as this one." He contends the city is playing a bait and switch game on voters by saying the $17 million to be raised through stormwater fees would fund drainage projects while plans call for using the money for police and fire.

One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

A closer look at the ordinance proves Murray is right. While two classes of people will pay flat fees regardless of impervious surface (the portion of property that can’t absorb rainwater, such as rooftops or parking lots), a third pool of property owners would be assessed by the city’s stormwater manager according to how much grassy area covers those properties, raising questions of equity, as well as whether treatment of the special class represents another give-away to the rich.

Stormwater “vote yes” group ready to campaign

Most of the money to be raised by Invest in COS, the “vote yes” committee, will come from business people and construction contractors, says Rachel Beck, government affairs manager with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. “