Bach: Will he ride a bond issue into a second term?
Three weeks ago, Mayor Steve Bach
issued a news release about six public meetings he'll host regarding city infrastructure needs.
Bach opposes the stormwater fee measure
that will be decided by voters today, and instead has said he wants to fold stormwater into a larger bond issue
for other needs as well, such as public safety and roads.
If stormwater passes today, it would be a tricky proposition getting people to support another ballot measure, although perhaps not impossible.
But if stormwater goes down, look for Bach to step up his efforts to put together a ballot measure for the April city election
, using feedback in these public meetings as a basis for that. Who knows? Maybe Bach will see this as his big opportunity to seek re-election by offering to save the day on the city's backlog with a ballot measure that he would then usher through the process.
So far Bach has told a Republican group he's 99 percent sure he won't run
and said publicly he hasn't made a decision. Others already in the race include former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace
, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen
, Attorney General John Suthers
, and, according to the Gazette
, Justine Herring
Yesterday, the city sent out another reminder of the six meetings, times and places as stated below.
· Wed, Nov 12 Coronado High School (Northwest)
1590 W Fillmore St, CO 80904
· Thurs, Nov 13 Shriners Club (Westside)
6 S 33rd St, CO 80904
Mountain Metro bus Route 3 services this location
· Tues, Nov 18 Southeast YMCA (Southeast)
2190 Jetwing Dr, CO 80916
Mountain Metro bus Routes 1 and 25 service this location
· Thurs, Nov 20 21st Century Library (Northeast)
1175 Chapel Hills Dr, CO 80920
Mountain Metro bus Route 25 services this location (involves a 3 block walk)
· Tues, Dec 2 City Auditorium (Central)
221 E Kiowa St, CO 80903
Mountain Metro bus Routes 1, 3, 5, 7, 9A, 9B and 11 service this location
· Thurs, Dec 4 Cheyenne Mountain High School (Southwest)
1200 Cresta Rd, CO 80906
All forums will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
The release also said: "City staff will incorporate resident input in final list of the highest priority capital improvements projects for neighborhood streets, public safety and parks to be completed in each quadrant of the city."