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Bruce accuses D11 of stalling on campaign complaint, seeks different judge

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Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce believes he's caught Colorado Springs School District 11 with their hand in the cookie jar. He filed a campaign finance complaint against the District last month over the their printing of a postcard which discusses the benefits of a $42 million property tax increase, known as a mill levy override. 

"This clearly says this is about the $42 million tax increase and how much better that money would be in their pockets rather than in the citizens pockets," Bruce said holding up one of the fliers.

The District told News 5 at the time that they had spent $312.49 of taxpayer money on the postcards but that they were produced prior to the board of education setting the ballot language for the mill levy question. 

"We believe that the information on this document is factual and is important to the education of the measure as opposed to the "promotion" of the measure," wrote spokeswoman Devra Ashby in a prepared statement.

Bruce is calling out the School District again today as well as the judge who will hear the case. In their response to his complaint, District 11 filed a motion to extend the hearing until November 10, three days after the election. 

"School District 11 is trying to hide their illegal activity for which they've already been sued and they're trying to put it off until after the election so that people aren't aware that they're breaking the law," Bruce said.

In another written statement, Ashby responded by explaining that the district is entitled to a 30 day extension under the law and is not simply trying to delay the matter until after the election.

"The Colorado Constitution provides for a very short deadline in which to hold the hearing, and, as a result, a respondent, such as the District, is entitled to an automatic 30-day extension of that deadline in order to have sufficient time to adequately prepare," Ashby wrote.

Rather than reply to the district's motion, Bruce said he plans to request a different judge hear the case. Bruce doesn't believe he can't get a fair hearing from Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer because Spencer tossed out a similar complaint back in 2004 and fined Bruce $1,000 as a result.

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