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Mayor Suthers thanks voters for passing storm water ballot measure

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Flooding around the city of Colorado Springs has been a problem in some spots during big storms for decades.

That is set to change with the passage of ballot measure 2A and a storm water funding plan to improve infrastructure.

“We anticipate raising in the second half of the year, seven to eight million dollars from the fee,” said John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs.

The new storm water fee will likely be tacked onto your utility bill starting in July of 2018.

The fee will raise about $8 to $9 million in the second half of 2018 Suthers said.

The fee will total about $18 million dollars annually to be exclusively used for storm water, drainage and flood control projects.

The money will also free up general fund dollars for other critical resources.

“20 new police officers, eight firefighters, two other fire department personnel, one fire inspector, I think there's a bit more money for capital improvements,” said Suthers.

The passage of 2A also begs the question, after decades of voting down high dollar ballot measures, are times changing?

“I don't necessarily think there are tremendous changes, I always felt that to win an election in Colorado Springs when you're asking for more money or a TABOR retention or anything else, you gotta say why you need it, where it's going to go,” said Suthers.

The storm water plan will begin implementation and construction next year.

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