2005 Ballot Issues
Below are the certified ballot issues as they will appear on the ballot for the April 5, 2005, Municipal Election. These issues were certified to City Council on February 16, 2005.
Issue No. 200
CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO PLANNING, BUILDING, FUNDING OR FINANCING A CONVENTION CENTER
?SHALL ARTICLE XI OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SECTION TO PROVIDE THAT THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS IS PROHIBITED FROM PLANNING, BUILDING, FUNDING OR FINANCING A CONVENTION CENTER, WITH OR WITHOUT A HOTEL OR OTHER ANCILLARY STRUCTURES, WITHOUT PRIOR VOTER APPROVAL AND MANDATING PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF VARIOUS COST ESTIMATES AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO VOTERS? CONSIDERATION OF THE CITY?S CONVENTION CENTER PROPOSAL??
11-70. Prior voter approval of any City convention center.
(a) The City of Colorado Springs shall be prohibited from planning, building, funding, or financing a convention center, with or without a hotel or other ancillary structures, unless a majority of voters gives prior approval to the complete project at a regular or special municipal election.
(b) No less than sixty days prior to the voters' consideration of the City's convention center proposal, the City shall make available in a public document the following materials:
(i) a factually based range of the costs attributable to construction, operation, and maintenance of the convention center and all ancillary structures;
(ii) a factually based range of cost estimates for any infrastructure improvements that will be required;
(iii) the annual and total debt service requirements for both the construction of the center and the infrastructure improvements; and
(iv) the estimated infrastructure improvement costs as a percentage of the average amount spent during the previous five years on all municipal infrastructure improvements.
(1) "City of Colorado Springs" means any municipal function or entity receiving or providing funds through or from the municipal budget, urban renewal programs, the Public Improvement Corporation or its functional equivalent, any business improvement or other special district wholly or partially located within the City, the Public Utilities Department, Colorado Springs Transit, any "enterprise" as defined in this charter, any franchise or license, or any other function or entity controlled, in whole or in part, by the City Council.
(2) "Convention Center" shall mean any building or combination of buildings planned or built for conferences or conventions that could accommodate in-town or out-of town attendees, or a combination thereof.
(3) "Financing" shall mean: (i) any indebtedness; (ii) any financial obligation of the City whether it commits City funds directly or on a contingent basis; (iii) any tax abatement that is not based on a change in property classification or valuation prior to the election to approve the City convention center; or (iv) any guarantee of any payment in connection with a convention center, including but not limited to insurance purchased to guarantee payment of debt service.
(4) "Funding" shall mean: (i) any appropriation, loan, or pledge of any public funds; (ii) any assignment of new or existing taxes; or (iii) any use of funds provided by any other government, including but not limited to district, municipal, county, state or federal funds, whether such funds are the sole source of funding or are used in conjunction with funds from any other source whatsoever.
REPAIR OF PROSPECT LAKE AS IT RELATES TO TABOR
?SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO EXPEND UP TO $1,900,000 TO HELP PAY THE COST TO REPAIR PROSPECT LAKE, THIS AMOUNT BEING THE ESTIMATED 2004 REVENUE ABOVE THE 2004 FISCAL YEAR SPENDING LIMITATION MANDATED BY THE TAXPAYER?S BILL OF RIGHTS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ?TABOR? (COLORADO CONSTITUTION ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 AND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS ARTICLE VII, SECTION 7-90) WITH THIS REVENUE BEING EXEMPT FROM TABOR SPENDING/REVENUE LIMITATIONS??
The 2004 revenue above the 2004 fiscal year spending limitation mandated by the Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights, otherwise known as ?TABOR? (Colorado Constitution Article X, Section XX and the Charter of the City of Colorado Springs Article VII, Section 7-90) will help pay the cost to line the bottom of Prospect Lake with a synthetic membrane to help eliminate seepage and to refill the lake with water. Prospect Lake has been steadily losing water for many decades, despite efforts in the 1950's to repair the bottom with clay.
CHARTER AMENDMENTS RELATING TO CITY COUNCIL'S POWERS, DUTIES, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
?SHALL ARTICLE III, Section 3-10 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO READ:
?3-10(a) GENERAL POWERS. ALL POWERS OF THE CITY SHALL BE VESTED IN THE COUNCIL, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW OR THIS CHARTER, AND THE COUNCIL SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE EXERCISE THEREOF AND FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF ALL DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS IMPOSED ON THE CITY BY LAW.
3-10(b) DUTIES. TO PROVIDE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CITY, COUNCIL SHALL MAINTAIN A STRATEGIC PLAN THAT PRIORITIZES GOALS FOR THE CITY AND ESTABLISHES MEASURABLE OUTCOMES. THE STRATEGIC PLAN SHALL INCLUDE THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND A FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN FOR MUNICIPAL NEEDS. THE PLAN PROCESS SHALL CONSIDER PUBLIC INPUT. COUNCIL SHALL PROVIDE THE PLAN AND GOALS TO THE CITY MANAGER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET. 3-10(c) ACCOUNTABILITY. THE CITY COUNCIL SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CITIZENS ON PROGRESS IN MEETING THE STRATEGIC PLAN. THE MAYOR SHALL ANNUALLY PROVIDE A ?STATE OF THE CITY? REPORT TO THE CITIZENS???
If approved, the City Council will be required to maintain a strategic plan that accomplishes the following: 1) prioritizes goals for the City; 2) establishes measurable outcomes; 3) includes the City?s comprehensive plan; and 4) includes a five year capital improvements plan for municipal needs. The amendment also would require the City Council to provide for an annual report to the citizens on progress in meeting the strategic plan. Finally, the amendment would require the Mayor to annually provide to the citizens a ?State of the City? report.
CHARTER AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE CITY COUNCIL BUDGET
?SHALL ARTICLE VII, SECTION 7-30 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SUBSECTION TO READ:
?(c) THE BUDGET SHALL INCLUDE ALL STIPENDS AND OTHER EXPENSES OF CITY COUNCIL AND THE BUDGET SHALL DECLARE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY NECESSARY TO FUND THE BUDGET. SUBJECT TO ANY PRE-EXISTING BOND COVENANTS, THE CITY COUNCIL?S BUDGET SHALL BE APPORTIONED AMONG THE CITY?S GENERAL FUND, ITS UTILITIES FUNDS AND ITS HOSPITAL FUND AS A REFLECTION OF CITY COUNCIL?S DIRECT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL MUNICIPAL AND UTILITIES MATTERS AS WELL AS CITY COUNCIL?S GENERAL SUPERVISION AND CONTROL OF HOSPITAL MATTERS BASED UPON SUCH REASONABLE ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY AS CITY COUNCIL MAY DETERMINE???
This is a new Charter provision that would apportion City Council?s budget among the City?s general fund and its major enterprise funds known as the utilities funds and hospital fund, subject to any pre-existing bond covenants and subject to a reasonable allocation method that City Council will determine.
CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO WORD LIMIT ON BALLOT TITLES FOR TAX OR BONDED DEBT INCREASES
?SHALL ARTICLE VII, SECTION 7-90 (c)(2) OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO ELIMINATE THE THIRTY (30) WORD LIMIT ON BALLOT TITLES FOR TAX OR BONDED DEBT INCREASES??
If approved, the Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights as set forth in the City Charter will be amended to eliminate the current thirty (30) word limit on ballot titles for tax or bonded debt increases set forth in notices of election pertaining to such matters. This amendment will render the Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights as set forth in the City Charter in conformance with the Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights as set forth in the Colorado Constitution, which does not contain a similar thirty (30) word limitation.
Issue No. 2E
CHARTER AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE ANNUAL STIPEND FOR COUNCILMEMBERS
?SHALL ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 13-20 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, STIPEND FOR COUNCILMEMBERS, BE AMENDED, IN PART, TO READ: ?THE MAYOR SHALL RECEIVE AN ANNUAL STIPEND OF $18,000 AND COUNCILMEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE AN ANNUAL STIPEND OF $12,000, WITH THE STIPENDS TO BE ANNUALLY ADJUSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DENVER-BOULDER-GREELEY, COLORADO CONSUMER PRICE INDEX - ALL URBAN CONSUMERS, OR SUCH SUCCESSOR INDEX AS MAY BE DEVELOPED, UPON CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL AND PAYABLE PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE??
If approved, the annual stipend currently paid to Councilmembers will be increased from $6,250 to $18,000 for the Mayor and from $6,250 to $12,000 for the other Councilmembers. Additionally, upon City Council approval the stipend will be annually adjusted in accordance with the Denver-Boulder-Greeley, Colorado Consumer Price Index ? All Urban Consumers. If this index becomes unavailable for any reason, the stipends shall be adjusted in accordance with a proper successor index.