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Stormwater battle in Colorado Springs

Stormwater battle

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The waters are turbulent between Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force.

Mayor Steve Bach introduced his own plan at a stormwater meeting Wednesday.

Bach believes the money should come from the government, not property owners.  He says while there should be a regional approach, it should be managed by the city.

"Until and unless I'm convinced that we have exerted every effort to redeploy dollars within our existing cash flow to meet these needs, I just can't support asking my fellow citizens to dig deeper into their pockets," Bach said.

The task force proposes creating an authority or governing district to be in charge of stormwater projects. It would be made up of different cities and counties along the Fountain watershed. Money to pay for projects could come from each of those governments and from a fee property owners would pay.  But task force members wouldn't commit to a plan until a series of town halls are held around the region to get citizen's input.

"We will not come up with a definitive option or a recommendation going forward until we meet with the public," said El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen.

The town hall meetings are expected to begin later this month.

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