“Shall the City of Colorado Springs be permitted to expend up to $1,200,000 to provide essential City services, this amount being the estimated 2008 revenue above the 2008 fiscal year spending limitation mandated by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, otherwise known as ‘TABOR’ (Colorado Constitution, Article X, Section 20 and City Charter, Article VII, Section 7-90), and constituting a voter-approved revenue change?”
Here is an excerpt from the factual summary of Issue 1B from the City of Colorado Springs:
Issue 1B proposes to:
- Utilize the revenue, if retained by the City, to provide essential City services to its citizens.
The City is experiencing severe revenue shortfalls and is faced with cutting services essential to its citizens, including public safety, transit, parks, recreation and cultural services, street repair and other services. The City has reduced its budget by more than $41 million and cut more than, 170 jobs and does not have enough revenue to fund previous levels of services.
Even though the City is facing severe revenue shortfalls, its citizens also have fiscal challenges. The estimated one-time refund is approximately $5.70 per active electric account.
Here’s how the city council candidates feel about 1B:
Scott Hente (District 1): “Yes. We have cut, over the last year, more than 35 million from the General Fund. Restoring 1.2 million is a small but needed step to provide some additional services.”
Dave Gardner (District 3): “Yes. We’ve been dug into such a deep hole that we have no choice now but to allow the city to keep these funds and allocate them to essential services. I’d like to see the City cut the corporate welfare from the current budget (EDC funding, Retail Enhancement Program, discounted development review fees) as a way of thanking the citizens for this vote.”
Tony Carpenter (District 4): “No, not until we are told what the money will be spent on.”
As of yet, Bernie Herpin (District 4) and Jerry Heimlicher (District 3) have not responded to my emails asking for their views. As I told you yesterday, Darryl Glen (District 2) did respond but said he didn’t have time to answer my questions via email. You’ll have to call him (719.271.6690 ) if you want to know his views.