“I have to raise my concerns,” said Dougan, one of three City Council members on the PPRTA board.
Among Dougan’s contentions is that the mayor isn’t a member of PPRTA board and that the majority of the sales tax revenue is generated in the city of Colorado Springs but the city only has three representatives on the 10-member board.
The council on Tuesday will consider an intergovernmental agreement among the participating governments that spells out the make up of the PPRTA board and what projects would be funded if voters approve the tax extension, which is poised to appear on the November ballot.
PPRTA was approved by voters in 2004; 55 percent of the one-cent sales tax goes to a voter-improved list of capital projects, 35 percent to road and bridge maintenance and 10 percent to metro transit improvements.
Dougan also questions whether the “right projects” to be funded with the proposed sales tax extension have been selected.
“I just feel we need to slow down,” she said. “We need to do this right. We need to look at the IGA. We need to look at the funding. We need to look at the projects.”
The sales tax expires Dec. 31, 2014, but supporters of the sales tax extension want to put it on the ballot in November and ask voters to extend it to 2024.
“Are we doing this when we should? Two years out is too early,” Dougan said.
While a list of projects has been identified, Dougan is concerned that a future board could decide to shelve all the projects in the city.
“The contract has to have teeth to make sure we are protected,” she said.
“Technically, the board could vote to fund all the county projects, all the Calhan projects, all the Ramah projects, and never touch a city project,” Dougan added.
“We have to look at this IGA, and now is the time. Just going with, ‘Well, we never had this problem before.’ That’s not how we build contracts. We all know at some point in time someone may not play nice.”