But the truth is that Czelatdko actually voted against placing the past-due stormwater fees on property tax bills sent out by El Paso County.
“I was 1 of three Council members that had voted NO to these stormwater collection fees. Stop calling and yelling,” Czelatdko wrote yesterday on Facebook.
“I was 1 of the 3 Councilmembers who voted NO to these Stormwater collections methods. Just saying,” she said via Twitter.
Czelatdko did not immediately return a call for comment.
Here are the facts:
Last year, the previous City Council decided to pursue, through its collection agency, what was then about $1.86 million in unpaid stormwater fees from about 11,500 accounts.
The agency, A-1 Collections Inc., was poised to receive 30 percent net of collections on regular accounts and half “for accounts where legal action is taken to collect,” according to city documents.
The collection agency’s efforts have led hundreds of delinquent property owners to pay up.
Others are putting their foot down.
In August, a majority on the new City Council voted to collect past-due stormwater fees by placing them on tax bills sent out by the county.
The vote was 6-3, with Czelatdko and Councilwomen Angela Dougan and Brandy Williams voting in opposition.
In summary, Czelatdko couldn’t have voted for pursuing the unpaid stormwater fees through A-1 Collections because she wasn’t in office at the time.
But, to be totally fair, she did vote against the only collections issue she had an opportunity to vote on.