I-25 widening campaign raises $54K


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It's one of the more creative titles for a campaign committee in the local politico-sphere, and it's raised $54,000 on behalf of a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot that would authorize spending up to $10 million of Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority money to widen Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock.

The committee is titled "I-25 Shouldn't Be a Parking Lot."

The ballot measure wouldn't increase PPRTA taxes, but rather add the project to its project list. This is necessary, because previous taxing authority granted by voters assigned the money to specific projects.

The purpose of the committee, as stated on its organization filing is "to support the ballot issue in the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority district to add I-25 to the list of projects eligible for funding, and to support future local transportation initiatives for funding improvements to I-25 in Colorado."

Donors to the committee so far, according to filings with the Colorado Secretary of State, are:
Colorado Springs Forward, $7,500
Guy Childs of Spectranetics, $5,000
Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, $25,000
Olson Plumbing and Heating, $2,500
Schmidt Construction, $5,000
Altia Acquisitions Corp., $2,000
G.E. Johnson, $5,000
Mark Zeller and William Miller, both of XIO Technologies, $1,000 each

El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller says the committee's fundraising goal is $100,000. "We’re going to do radio. We're going to do a lot of web-based advertising," Waller says, adding the campaign also plans to buy space on two billboards.

The committee hadn't spent any money as of the Oct. 2 filing. The registered agent for the committee is Kristin Krause of Monument.

The next filing is due Oct. 16.

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