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COPs opposition group now called CRCS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The group opposed to the city’s use of certificates of participation to borrow $12 million has adopted a formal name.

Reminiscent of the two groups that debated the Red Feather Ridge proposal – Community Voices for Responsible Growth and Neighbors for Responsible Planning – the anti-COPs group is now calling itself Citizens for Responsible City Spending.

The group has been collecting signatures for an informal petition that requests a public vote on the city’s proposed funding method for a golf course and other recreational amenities.



Specifically, the group opposes City Council’s planned use of “certificates of participation” to build the golf course, a kayak park and to partially fund a swimming pool. Many municipalities have used COPs to borrow millions of dollars without legally going into debt, thereby skipping the need for a public vote that would be required under Colorado’s TABOR Act.

According to CRCS member Pat Girardot of Glenwood Springs, about 300 signatures have been collected.



Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof said he didn’t have an opinion about CRCS because he doesn’t know much about the group.

He did, however, explain why he supports the COPs funding method.

“I’m not a golfer, and I’m not going to start,” he said.

“The reason I’m for it is that the golf course could be such a big help in the future. It could actually fund our entire Parks and Recreation Department. I just think it could be a big financial plus for the city,” he said.

Vanderhoof said he favors the COPs idea because it gives the city a chance to capitalize on the historically-low interest rates.

“If we have to wait a year to get an election – which I think would pass – we don’t know what the interest rates would be,” he said. “It could cost the city millions and millions of dollars over 20 years.”

CRCS is trying to get a place on City Council’s July 17 regular meeting agenda. Members want to make a presentation and ask council to reconsider its approval of the COPs funding method, Girardot said.

City Council approved the COPs funding method by a vote of 5-2 at its May 1 meeting.

“If we could only get two people to change their vote,” Girardot said, the city’s approval could be reversed.

She said if the group can’t get council to voluntarily vote on the issue again, CRCS will try and force a vote of city residents.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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