Aug 14, 2014 12:35 AM by Matt Prichard
The Storm Water Task-Force isn't shy about their displeasure with the mayor, calling this morning's press conference a disturbing display of "father knows best."
"We're about transparency, we're not about dictatorship. Our plan directly reflects what the citizens say they want," said Storm Water Task-Force Chair, Dave Munger.
The Task-Force proposing a 20-year-plan to solve the region's storm water issue. But for Mayor Bach it's not that he doesn't want the problem fixed, he just doesn't think this is the way to go about it.
"This new regional bureaucracy and tax, does nothing to help our deteriorating streets, sidewalks and curb and gutter," said Mayor of Colorado Springs, Steve Bach.
Bach says the 20-year commitment is way too long, and adds that there is no guarantee Colorado Springs will get the money out of it that taxpayers would put into it.
For council and tax-force members though, the only way to solve the problems is to move forward and let the people have their say.
"It's time that we take this problem and do something about it, and this is a step in the right direction. Acknowledging and respecting that citizens should have the opportunity to vote whether or not they would agree to this fee," said Colorado Springs City Councilman, Joel Miller.
Either way, citizens may get their chance to vote come November, but in the meantime it's safe to assume that these fireworks will continue to fly between the two groups.
"I'm very disappointed that he has chosen not to be involved. And I would hope he would discontinue to try and sabotage this effort and be honest with the citizens of Colorado Springs," said President of Colorado Springs City Council, Keith King.
"I don't want to be the lone ranger here, I don't want to be adversarial to City Council or County Commissioners. This just isn't in the best interest of the citizens of Colorado Springs," said Bach.
We'll of course keep you updated as more details become available on this story.