D-11 and stormwater issue to be discussed at Oct. 17 forum

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City stormwater manager Rich Mulledy stands amid one of the "urban canyons" created by stormwater erosion across the city. This setting is in Pine Creek. - FILE PHOTO
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  • City stormwater manager Rich Mulledy stands amid one of the "urban canyons" created by stormwater erosion across the city. This setting is in Pine Creek.

Two key ballot measures will be debated on Oct. 17 at a public forum at the MCI/Verizon Building, located at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road. The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayor John Suthers will promote the city's proposed stormwater fee. If 2A is approved, it would require every household to pay $5 a month on their water bill to fund stormwater projects, and owners of nonresidential property to pay $30 per acre per month. Property owners of developed land larger than five acres would pay fees set by the city’s stormwater manager, based on impervious surface.

Taking the "vote no" position will be political strategist Laura Carno, who's mounting an opposition effort.

In addition, Lauren Hugg with Friends of D11, will promote the virtues of Colorado Springs School District 11's mill levy override measure, which aims to raise about $42 million in property taxes. The district hasn't had a tax increase since 2000, while districts throughout the metro area — such as Academy District 20, Falcon District 49 and Cheyenne Mountain District 12 — have had several. Who will debate the "anti" position on the D11 measure hasn't been determined.

The forum is being sponsored by the Leadership Pikes Peak Alumni Association, Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, the Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal.



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