COS By the Numbers || January 10, 2017

I know, I know. It’s been a while. What can I say? The Holidays were a bit more intense than anticipated. Also, I might have had the plague. The blood work is still out. Our episode this week focuses on the Colorado Springs Airport, hence my sudden interest in the number of passengers that fly in and out of DIA and COS. I love the Colorado Springs airport. It’s quick, it’s convenient. It takes no money away from the city’s general fund AND it has a Novo coffee in it. Which is really a random ass addition. Who in Colorado Springs was like “yo, what this airport NEEDS is a Denver coffee company that most people in the Springs probably have never heard of.” Well, you got it COS. Enjoy your coffee!

$13 or $26

Outdoor advocates are posed to ask for an increase in sales tax to provide dedicated funding for the City’s parks system. If you remember from our City Budget 101 episode, the Parks budget comes from the general fund, which means it is susceptible to cuts when other items, such as the EPA suing the city, pop up. Depending on the proposal,  the tax increase will cost the average household either $13.00 or $26.00 per YEAR. Basically, cut out three of your fancy Starbucks drinks, per YEAR, and we got this people! If you want to support adding the tax to the ballot this spring, call your city council rep. [Colorado Springs Independent]

$75 million

The new estimated cost for the Olympic Museum, part of the C4C project that also includes a downtown stadium (the original cost was estimated at $59.4 million). Backers of the project hope that building will commence next year. No word yet on how the minds behind C4C and city officials who support the project will justify a gigantic infrastructure improvement downtown while refusing to allocate more dollars to things like the city’s parks system, which is the largest generator of tourist visits to Colorado Springs. But it’s cool; at least we will get to see the evolution of blood doping through the years once the place finally opens. Olympics! [Colorado Springs Business Journal]

$40,000.00 to $50,000.00

Save Cheyenne, a non-profit that sprang up to fight the Strawberry Hills land swap with the Broadmoor, hopes to raise between $40,000.00 to $50,000.00 to appeal a district judge’s ruling that the controversial land swap between the city and the Broadmoor can move forward. The next stage of the fight is at the Colorado Court of Appeals level. Save Cheyenne has its work cut out for it, as appeals courts generally don’t overturn decisions unless there was a clear error in the interpretation of the law. [Colorado Springs Independent]

15,589

The amount of square feet that Oskar Blues Brewery, out of Lyons, Colorado, will be taking over for their new downtown brewery/restaurant/music venue. Oskar Blues is taking over the previous downtown Old Chicago space. The building will undergo a $1.2 million renovation and is anticipated to open in June of 2017. [Colorado Springs Business Journal]

91,726

From July 2015 to July 2016 Colorado was the seventh fastest growing state, adding 91,726 new residents in that one year period. This is a bit of a reduction from the prior year, when the state was the second fastest growing in the country, adding 99,171. As far as we can tell, most of the new residents to the state are dudes who think plaid shirts, their epic skiing skills and love of great craft beer make them super unique new members of our citizenry. Welcome bros. Please stay in Denver. [The Denver Post]

2021

Anticipated completion year for the new, fast tracked, I-25 widening between Castle Rock and Monument, assuming the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) comes up with the funding. The project estimate ranges from $400 to $500 million and is accelerated as that section of I-25 is now the most road rage inducing part of getting to Denver. The project continues the State’s commitment to widening roads instead of building high speed rail between cities. Because remember, climate change is a Chinese hoax. [The Gazette]

1.6 million

The number of passengers that used the Colorado Springs Airport in 2016. The city is continuing its efforts to increase the use of the airport and anticipates more flights being added in 2017. Which is good news because 1) strong airports generally help the economies of cities where they operate and 2) because Colorado Springs refuses to raise property taxes much of our tax revenue comes from tourism. More tourists = more revenue. Less tourists = we’re fucked. So keep that in mind and keep flying COS! [Colorado Springs Business Journal]

 

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