Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The cost of Colorado Springs “strong mayor” proposal

Colorado Springs voters will be asked Nov. 2 whether they want to radically revise the city charter and replace the city manager for of government with a so-called “strong mayor” system.

While the term “strong mayor” may be misleading, one thing is clear about the proposal: It has been driven and financed by a handful of wealthy individuals, most notably local property magnate David Jenkins and his son and partner Chris Jenkins.

Of the $282,919 in cash contributions that the campaign has received, including an estimated $120,000 in start-up costs, David and Chris Jenkins have accounted for $206,000.

They funded most, if not all, all of the start-up costs, and have since loaned the campaign $86,000.   More -

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