Suthers unveils new stormwater project

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As the city seeks more money from citizens' pockets to fund flood control and water quality, commonly referred to as stormwater, Mayor John Suthers unveiled a project Wednesday to show what a difference drainage control can make.

The $500,000 project at Arcadia and San Miguel Street in the city's mid section was funded with the ballot measure approved by voters in April that allowed the city to retain $6 million from 2016 revenues and $6 million from 2017 revenues in excess of caps imposed by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

Here's a photo before the project:
PHOTOS COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Photos courtesy City of Colorado Springs

And here's the finished product:
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Here's a shot during a heavy rain before the work was done. There hasn't been a storm since the project was completed to compare it to, the city reports.
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This week, City Council referred a measure to the Nov. 7 ballot that would impose $5 per month fees on all residents, and $30 per acre per month on commercial properties. The new fees are expected to generate $17 million a year, allowing the city to spend a like amount on other city services that now comes from the general fund to satisfy an intergovernmental agreement with Pueblo County to spend $460 million in the next 20 years on stormwater projects.

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