Similar criticism, support aired at third Pueblo town hall

Similar criticism, support aired at third Pueblo town hall

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo City Council heard much of the same criticism and support at its third town hall meeting that it's heard at the previous two.

About 70 people gathered at the George Williams Pavilion in City Park to discuss how they want spent the $40 million collected through the city's half-cent sales tax. Many of the people who spoke before the council attended the previous meetings.

At the second town hall on May 29, Councilman Chris Kaufman announced that council would not put a question on the November ballot, asking voters to change how the half-cent money is spent.

Several residents made it clear at Wednesday's meeting that they want more information about PEDCO, the city's biggest job recruiter. The council didn't have much to share about PEDCO during the meeting, aside from handing out a one-page document that listed PEDCO's economic activity for 2013.

Council President Sandy Daff said the city is working to gather information about the strengths and challenges that PEDCO has faced in bringing businesses to Pueblo. That information will either be shared at the next town hall and/or posted on the city's website.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 asked Daff what the council plans to do after the fourth, and final, town hall concludes in two weeks.

"You know, I've been taking notes. Every person that's spoken, I've tried to capture how they're feeling and so, you know, I look forward to just thoughtful analysis of what folks are really feeling," Daff said.

The last town hall will be held June 25 at Zaragoza Hall at 5:30 p.m.

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