September 22, 2023

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Cost of Polis Regulatory Offensive, Prop HH Scam Updates, Trees for Inflation Reduction, and More!

Here are some of the stories we are following this week. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute news.


  • Red light cameras essentially sit there and collect money for the city. How much money, you ask? Well, since 2019, over $4.9 million in revenue from fines has been collected. Also, camera installations have increased from 4, to a whopping 22 red light cameras. All just sitting there collecting money. Who thinks this money should go toward a new police academy, rather than taking more of our money via a TABOR retention measure? Read all the details in our latest original article.


  • Jared Polis’ Prop HH is such an obvious scam to leverage property tax increases to rob taxpayers of more money, that even the Wall Street Journal is reporting on it. Don’t believe the stories coming out of the Polis camp: Proposition HH is a grotesque lie and a terrible idea.


  • Additionally, renters will be some of the biggest losers if Prop HH is passed by voters. Renters, being renters and not property owners, will receive zero property tax relief, but will have 100% of their TABOR refunds taken. Forever. When politicians tell you Prop HH is about property tax relief, they are lying.


  • This week in “education” news, Denver Public Schools makes lockstep adherence to radical left-wing ideology mandatory when hiring new teachers. Are they schools, or political indoctrination camps? The goal of Denver Public Schools seems to be promoting “social justice” initiatives and political activism over reading or arithmetic.


  • The response to 911 emergency calls in Colorado Springs is below the national average. This seems to be a problem that needs addressed. Why is the highest priority for Mayor Mobolade a new police academy, and how is a new police academy going to fix lax, and potentially dangerous, 911 response times?


  • Governor Jared Polis thinks gasoline-powered lawn equipment is, “loud, smelly and noisy”, so he’s leading the effort to ban gas powered lawn equipment for state workers and contractors. For the record, he doesn’t have the right to wave his royal hand and ban thing he finds distasteful. Anyway, let’s break this down: State workers will need to rid themselves of perfectly good, gas-powered lawn equipment, which will likely end up in landfills. Then, the taxpayers will be forced to purchase new, battery-powered lawn equipment. This new equipment is made from petroleum-based plastics, and rare-earth minerals that are mined in countries far away. Then, all these elements are sent to China to be assembled, and the end product is shipped to the United States on huge shipping vessels. All to save the earth. Understand the logic?


  • What do you think the vast array of nitpicky regulations from the Polis administration costs taxpayers? If you guessed $2 billion annually you would be correct. And that’s what it is costing so far. Expect this cost to rise and rise. Regulations negatively impact real wages and purchasing power for Colorado citizens. Math doesn’t lie, but politicians do.


  • Many folks are apparently hoping to offset the costs of Governor Jared Polis’ expensive regulatory frenzy by playing the lottery. The Colorado Lottery has announced its 3rd straight year of record sales. Good luck out there, lottery players. And please, remember your friends at Springs Taxpayers United if you hit the jackpot.


  • In Denver, the Homeless Industrial Complex expands every week. Mayor Mike Johnston now plans to use taxpayer dollars to convert hotels into housing, or drug dens possibly, for the homeless. The cost for this will be $48.6 million, at least to start. Being a Homeless Industrial Complex Kingpin sure is lucrative for all the right people.


  • Federal taxpayer dollars from the Inflation Reduction Act are being used to plant more trees in Colorado Springs. How exactly does this reduce inflation? Seems like absolute nonsense and an absolute abuse of taxpayer funds to us.


  • Also in tree news this week, did you know that a tree equity gap exists? It’s true, according to politicians, specifically in Denver. But don’t worry, government is here to address this dire circumstance with taxpayer funds. People in government simply live in an unserious alternate reality, funded by tax dollars taken from you by force.



  • Expect your utilities costs to rise soon. Colorado Springs Utilities will be requesting increased rates in order to manage aging infrastructure. Should managing aging infrastructure have been a higher priority than creating an unnecessary broadband boondoggle last year?


  • Though special taxing districts are a contentious issue, one thing is certain: they sure are taxpayer-funded cash cows for attorneys, developers, and other politically-connected folks.


  • Some local economists say that inflation is slowing. However, this reported slowing will not benefit your finances anytime soon.


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Here are some upcoming meetings in the area. We hope you can attend one or more!

If there are other public meetings you’d like to see announced here, please drop us a line. We are happy to include them in an upcoming newsletter. These might be government-related, candidate, or elected official meetings. Thanks!

 

Colorado Springs City Council Meetings

 

Monday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs City Council Work Session

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda


Tuesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.

Colorado Springs City Council

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda

 

El Paso County Board of County Commissioner Meetings


Tuesday, September 26, 9:00 a.m.

El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Centennial Hall

200 S. Cascade

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 a.m.

El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Centennial Hall

200 S. Cascade

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors


Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.

Utilities Board of Directors

Blue River Board Room

Plaza of the Rockies, South Tower, 5th Floor

Live stream link here

Agenda


Miscellaneous Meetings of Interest

 

Monday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement Transparency and Advisory Committee

City Hall

107 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 200

Also, online via Microsoft Teams

Information and Agenda

 

Saturday, October 7, 9:30 a.m.

Independence Institute Speaking Up and Speaking Out Class

Koelbel Library

5955 Holly Street, Centennial, CO

Information and Agenda

 

 

View the full Colorado Springs City Council meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings.

 

View the full Board of El Paso County Commissioners meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings.

 

View the full Colorado Springs Utilities Board meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings. Please also follow CSU on social media at their Facebook Page and on Twitter.


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If you have a tip about a story in the Pikes Peak region that you aren’t seeing reported, let us know. We will see what we can find out.


How to Contact City and County Officials:


City Hall

107 N. Nevada Avenue

Colorado Springs CO 80903

(719) 385-5986

Contact City Council

 

Mayor's Office

30 S Nevada Avenue, Suite 601

Colorado Springs, CO 80901

(719) 385-5900

Contact Mayors Office


County Commissioners

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100 

Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-7276

https://www.elpasoco.com/contact-us/


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Rebecca

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