CRCS intends to get COPs on ballot |

CRCS intends to get COPs on ballot

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Citizens for Responsible City Spending plans to force the city government’s planned $12 million certificates of participation loan to a vote. The group announced its petition plan at the Glenwood Springs City Council meeting on Thursday.The loan would fund an $8 million, 18-hole city golf course, a $1 million whitewater park and top off funding needed to build a swimming pool at the Community Center.CRCS member Larry Beckwith, who confirmed Friday he will run for City Council against incumbent Rick Davis for the Ward 1 seat, said the group will take steps to put the COPs loan on the ballot. But Beckwith said it is likely too late to put the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.”We can’t act until such time as they adopt it,” he said. Beckwith said once the ordinance to borrow the funds is formally approved, CRCS has 10 days to file its intent to seek an election, then 21 days to gather 285 signatures to place the issue on a ballot. “We informed (council) we would do that,” he said. During the council meeting, Beckwith asked council members to place a question seeking voter approval for the loan on the Nov. 4 ballot, but received no response.That “was the last chance they had to put it on a ballot,” Beckwith said. “We just wanted to give them a chance.”Beckwith also asked council to separate the funding for an aquatic center and theater from the golf course certificates of participation. “The city has shown they have the funds to do that,” he said. He said he has nothing against a golf course or even borrowing the $12 million. The group’s point is that city residents should get to vote on such a large debt. “Whichever way it goes, it’s fine,” he said, “I’m just of the opinion that the COPs should go to a vote.”In other business, City Council:-Received kudos from the city’s independent auditor, who said the city’s finance director Mike Harman, his staff and city manager Mike Copp are doing a great job in managing the city budget. -Awarded Key Construction a $1.5 million bid to construct the new downtown fire station at the corner of 8th Street and Cooper Avenue. -Awarded Dow Construction a $365,000 bid to construct tennis courts at the Community Center. Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

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