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3 city election ballot items; Issue 2 requests TABOR waiver for stormwater needs

       Colorado Springs City Council has placed three items on the ballot for the April 4 election.
       Issue 2 involves public money - a request that voters let the city keep $6 million above the “fiscal year revenue and spending limitations” for property tax income from each of the years 2016 and 2017.
       Any amount over that would be returned to taxpayers, as required under the TABOR law, states the council resolution that approved the request.
       It also states that the city-kept funds “will be used solely for stormwater projects.”
       Council's resolution of approval references an “Exhibit A,” which lists 26 projects. They would be in addition to other stormwater projects already scheduled by the city, according to Brian Kelley, a city engineer.
       One of them would be on the Westside, with the title CS-355. Kelley said two aging stormwater pipes need replacement. Both start from Colorado Avenue, with one eventually draining into Fountain Creek. Affected would be the area of 10th, 11th and 12th streets.
       The estimated cost for CS-355 is $985,000. Kelley said the project need has been identified by city engineers since 1975.
       The other two ballot issues are:
       Issue 1 - A proposal to require a 60 percent vote of citizens (instead of the current 50 percent) should a ballot issue ever propose selling any or all of the city-owned utilities system.
       The intent, according to Colorado Springs Utilities communications manager Mark Murphy, is to “necessitate a much more robust community discussion in order to build the consensus needed to pass. It will also protect citizen-owners and customers by ensuring that their voices are heard concerning their ownership of their vital community asset.”
       Issue 3 - A proposal to give Colorado Springs the authority to coordinate with service providers to offer high-speed Internet, cable television and telecommunication services.
       A similar proposal was approved by El Paso County voters last November. Otherwise, as the county had been before, Colorado Springs would remain restricted by an outdated state statute, the council resolution asserts.

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