“That’s why we’re in the mess we’re in.”
– Councilman Darryl Glenn
“Yeah, because you won’t listen to reason.”
– Mayor Lionel Rivera
“No, because you …”
The comments above were recorded on SpringsTV after Mayor Lionel Rivera had adjourned Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The mayor and Glenn continued to argue over what the city should do about payments in lieu of taxes from Colorado Springs Utilities given the passage last year of ballot Issue 300, which calls for enterprise payments to the city to be phased out over eight years. Utilities is considered an “enterprise” of the city.
Rivera believes the city charter allows the city to appropriate those funds from Utilities, but Glenn believes a clarifying question should be placed on the ballot, letting voters decide whether the city should be allowed to keep the so-called PILT payments.
To listen to the recording, click here and fast-forward to about 3:02:09.