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Co. Springs voters approve new stormwater fee

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Colorado Springs voters Tuesday approved a funding mechanism to help pay for a backlog of $460 million in required stormwater infrastructure improvements.  The City of Colorado Springs faces $460 million worth of required stormwater improvements over the next 20 years.  It's a promise made to Pueblo to ensure utilization of the Southern Delivery System and to the EPA, which sued the city over neglect of its stormwater infrastructure -- a result of rejected or rescinded taxpayer funding mechanisms over the past 25 years.

Currently, funding for those improvements comes from the city's General Fund.  Question 2A asked Colorado Springs voters to approve a new fee to fund stormwater improvements through a separate stormwater enterprise.  All residential property owners and renters will now pay a flat fee of $5 extra on their monthly utility bill beginning July 1, 2018.  Non-residential property owners will pay the city a monthly fee of $30 per acre.  The fees will remain in place for the next 20 years.

The $17-18 million per year freed up in the General Fund will be used to enhance public safety through hiring of additional police officers.  Mayor John Suthers says 120 additional officers need to be hired over the next five years.

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