“Under No. 1 is the ‘State of the City’ report to the citizens, not the council, not the chamber. I don’t know how a speech at the Broadmoor fulfills that. Where does the public have access and when?”
— Colorado Springs resident Walter Lawson, who questioned whether Mayor Steve Bach‘s State of the City address on Thursday at the Broadmoor will fulfill the City Charter requirement for the mayor to provide an annual State of the City report “to the citizens” of Colorado Springs.
City spokesman John Leavitt said he didn’t think Bach intended to fulfill that charter requirement with Thursday’s event, which costs $40 for non-chamber members.
“Obviously, there’s lots of parts of the new charter that we’re still working out, and one of them is going to be how is the mayor going to fulfill that promise to provide an annual report and what medium is that going to take,” Leavitt said.
The charter also requires the mayor to submit “a report on the financial condition of the city” before June 30.
The mayor fulfilled that requirement on Monday when his staff presented a mid-year financial report at the City Council meeting. The agenda item didn’t expressly state that the mayor was fulfilling the charter requirement with the report. Lawson said the mayor’s office should have done a better job making that clear.
“They didn’t make the point,” Lawson said. “Maybe it comes down to that they missed a chance to point out that they are fulfilling the accountability requirements that are designated as responsibilities of the mayor. They could have trumpeted that a little bit on their own behalf and let us know they’re doing the job.”