Getting the 411 on C4C

What you need to know, but may have missed, about the Springs’ big-deal tourism proposal.

You’d have to turn back the clock five years to find a local issue as controversial as the City for Champions tourism project.

In 2007, City Council imposed stormwater fees without a vote of the people, triggering a long-festering debate that led to a 2009 voter initiative to end the fees. The city has been scrambling ever since to address its drainage woes.

Also in 2009, the Council caused more rancor by agreeing to spend $31.5 million in tax money to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, again without a vote of the people.

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