While there are a few principled conservatives on the Colorado Springs City Council, unfortunately there is a majority of council members who are not conservative and who seem to think Colorado Springs taxpayers are the source of unending funding for their projects. Under current leadership, Colorado Springs now has one of the highest sales tax rates in the state of Colorado and the city has supported and pushed for tax increase after tax increase over the last several years. When is the last time you heard someone from the city say “no thank you, we don’t need more money. We’ll do with what we have.”? The city has consistently asked voters for more money instead of making the difficult choices that have been made by other governments. Colorado Springs will become just another big city with high tax rates if we continue on our current path and we need leaders who believe in government performing only the essentials and keeping government regulation off the backs of businesses and citizens.
I’ve reviewed the candidates for Colorado Springs City Council and have looked at the surveys submitted by some candidates to Springs Taxpayers (you can find these surveys here). Here are my endorsements in Colorado Springs City Council races:
District 1 – Dave Donelson
District 2 – Randy Helms
District 3 – Arthur Glynn
District 4 – None – both candidates are liberal
District 5 – Mary Elizabeth Fabian
District 6 – Mike O’Malley
On Issue 1, I see both sides of the argument. While supporters like Mayor John Suthers and City Councilman Wayne Williams say that the 30 word limit makes it difficult to hold elected officials accountable to the way they plan on spending the money, opponents point out that the current limit prohibits elected officials from making ballot language too complicated and confusing. You’ll have to decide which argument rings most true to you.
Thank you for voting and for caring about the city that we all love. Colorado Springs has always been a special place and we will have to fight to keep it that way.