A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 785

The 2018 election cycle must be known for one thing: The end of maintaining two sets of financial books. One set for the private sector and one set for the public sector.

In the private sector all monies paid out and received in must be documented through basic accounting procedure. The same is not true for the public sector, and the election cycle of 2018 must make this an unwavering truth.

A candidate for elected office must not be considered if they cannot provide specifics regarding financial matters. The deliberate and willful failure to do so must eliminate them from consideration for elected office.

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Because much of the news media in the State of Colorado has made it known that they have no intention of doing their jobs properly or professionally when it comes to reporting the facts on candidates for elected office it is, therefore, the responsibility of the eligible voter in Colorado to research and known the relevant information before voting in November 2018.

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After being accepted to college more than one-third of students in the State of Colorado need remedial courses.

According to a report recently released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education the additional courses will cost the students and the state a growing amount of money. Based on relevant costs in the 2015 – 2016 school year the cost has grown by more than twelve percent. For the students it will require an additional investment of almost twenty-one million dollars and the state more than twelve million dollars.

For more information:

https://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Reports/Remedial/FY2017/2017_Remedial_relJune2018.pdf

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The number of followers and readers continues to grow. The number of introductory e-mails also continues to grow, and so many continue basically the same reason for abandoning the news media in the State of Colorado.

This is a blog, not a news outlet. It is, at best, a source of information and opinion.

It is unfortunate that so many news organizations in Colorado have chosen to give up their function and purpose in favor of partisan politics and related propaganda, but because they made the choice the best choice to be made as response is to abandon them.

As to the growing number of requests regarding information about northern Colorado – Fort Collins and Loveland, specifically – your requests have been heard and effort is underway to fulfill the requests.

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The Loveland City Council recently voted to spend more than six hundred thousand dollars from the taxpayers to complete the downtown project called “The Foundry”.

Critics of the project point to this latest action by the council as reason for recalling all members of the council, and note that this is another example of financial mismanagement on the part of local government.

The developer of the project, Brinkman, attempted to justify the additional funding by claiming the costs came from changes in the scope of the project.

The $627,647 dollars authorized by the Loveland City Council allegedly pay for specific amenities that were not included in the original contract, including a police substation and a security system that include high-definition cameras on each level of the parking garage.

Brinkman rejected the opinion that the increased costs came from a failure on its part to account for rising construction costs also not planned for in the original contract.

The vote by the Loveland City Council to pass the ordinance on first reading was 8 – 0, with Councilor John Fogle absent. The ordinance is scheduled to come before the council on July 3, 2018.

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Come the November 2018 election Boulder County may ask voters and taxpayers to authorize the collection of a 0.185 percent sales and use tax to fund improvements to the Boulder County Jail and to fund a new, alternative-sentencing facility located near the jail.

Because labor costs increasingly contribute to the costs of such things put low-risk offenders to work on the project. Doing so would reduce the labor costs involved and lawbreakers would have the opportunity to learn skills that could get them good-paying jobs if they choose to obey the law.

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A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 231

The City of Loveland, CO. recently gave voters and taxpayers a sound reason to support the growing effort to recall the recently elected mayor and the entire city council:

A new city task force made up of Loveland residents will help the city identify ideas for new projects that the city might complete if voters and taxpayers can be convinced to increase the sales tax within the city limits.

In other words, politicians, as they often do, want the taxpayer to spend money they do not have on things they do not need.

It is a suggestion that demonstrates an undeniable lack of responsibility on the part of elected officials, and provides unwavering reason to remove the elected officials who support the irrational suggestion from office and prevent them from wasting money on self-serving projects.

In late 2017 the Loveland City Council instructed city staff employees, whose salaries and benefits are paid for by the taxpayer, to undertake what they claim is a community improvement program, with the melodramatic title “Your City, Your Future”. The scope of the project was to suggest projects that voters and taxpayers in Loveland might pay for if they could be convinced to increase the sales tax.

According to a City of Loveland press release paid for by taxpayers the proposal has a precedent in such community amenities as the Chilson Recreation Center, the Senior Center and the public library.

The task force has already met once and has developed a list of projects for voters and taxpayers to review. A move that has understandably upset many because they were excluded from the original exercise, implying that if the sales increase were approved they would likely be excluded again from how revenues generated would actually spent.

In an effort to gain support for increasing taxes the task forces suggested projects that they believe would be approved: A branch library, improvements to Taft Avenue, underpasses for the existing recreational trail in the city, replacement and renovations of existing fire stations – respectively Fire Station No. 3 and No. 5, a new recreation center located on the west side of Loveland, the widening of United States Highway 34, and an expansion of the Loveland Museum/Gallery.

According to the press release many existing amenities within the City of Loveland were built as a result of a one percent sales tax increase approved by the majority of voters in 1984.

Additionally the proposed projects have no funding presently and that the “pay-as-we-go” funding model is unacceptable.
Despite the wordsmithing involved voters and taxpayers are likely to be unreceptive to increasing their taxes as demonstrated by the outcome in summer 2017, when city staff members identified the same projects in a list of suggestions on things they could spend money on and first attempted to propose a sales increase at the time.

Loveland residents who believe that they can express their opinions and potential opposition o the tax increase proposal can attempt to do on the following dates and at the following locations.

• March 1, 2018, Loveland Public Library, 300 North Adams Avenue, in the Gertrude Scott Room;
• March 22, 2018, Chilson Recreation Center, 700 East Fourth Street, in the Cherry and Hickory Rooms;
• June 7, 2018, Loveland Museum, 503 North Lincoln Avenue, in the lower level of the Foote Gallery;
• June 28, 2018, Public Works Administration Building, 2525 West First Street, the second floor meeting room.

The proposal should be rejected, as noted by several voters and taxpayers in Loveland, because the city is already spending money on a consultant – whose paycheck was not approved by or voted on.

It is this expressed contempt for fiscal responsibility that has provided reason to begin a recall of the mayor – a self-declared Democrat – along with the council members because they have circumvented the voting process and ignore the involvement of the taxpayer from the outset.

In July 2017 city staff employees estimated that if the tax increase were approved it would allegedly bring in more than eighty million dollars over a ten year period, or about eight million dollars a year. With that money in hand the city would then use the money to leverage an effort to get voters to approve a bond measure or spend what money was available, with the likely knowledge it would be insufficient to complete all the projects proposed, requiring another tax increase.

If the consultant employed by the City of Loveland, paid for with tax dollars, could convince voters to approve the increase the question would be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

Although residents of Loveland in the north, south, and west part of the city have expressed interest in a branch library, a new recreation center, and other offerings many have also made it known that they would not support a tax increase in any form to pay for them. It has also been suggested that each project be separated out, specific costs be identified for each project, and funding be accomplished through private sector efforts. Suggestions the reckless and financially irresponsible elected officials have chosen to ignore more than once.

Additionally, anyone who has put forth these opinions in a public forum have been on the receiving end of threats, courtesy of the local news media.

For now, the best approach and immediate response to the proposals is the recall of the mayor and council members.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 171

Comments attributed to recently elected Loveland, CO. Mayor Jacki Marsh may become her downfall. In its weekly meeting the Loveland City Council debated and then voted on the development of a municipal broadband network. During the meeting Mayor Marsh reportedly said that the matter should not include involvement by voters in Loveland. Many who claim she said this have responded that the time for a recall of the mayor has come.

Mayor Marsh is not the only council member facing the prospect of recall by displeased voters in Loveland. Her former opponent in the mayoral race and current council member, John Fogle, may also face a recall because of his silent condoning of his supporters who threatened people on local Social Media platforms prior to the November 2017 election.