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Manitou Springs Flood Recovery/Mitigation Information

Click here to learn more about what the City is doing in response to the flooding events experienced in 2013 and 2015. This page provides flood mitigation project updates and resources.

 


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Official Election Results

Mayor
Two year term
Nicole Nicoletta                            35.41%                 763 votes
Ken Jaray-winner                         64.59%              1,392 votes

City Council Ward 1
Four year term
Susan Wolbrueck-winner                100%                  441 votes

City Council Ward 2
Four year term
Nancy Fortuin-winner                     100%                  510 votes

City Council Ward
3
Four year term
Bob Todd-winner                           100%                   446 votes

Ballot Issue No. 2B-failed               24.12%-yes          522 votes
                                                   75.88%-no         1,642 votes
                                                                            2,164

Ballot Question No. 2C-passed        84.34% yes       1,809 votes
                                                   15.66%-no            336 votes
                                                                            2,145


NOTICE OF ELECTION (Click to view additional election information)
The City of Manitou Springs will be participating in the Coordinated Election on November 7, 2017.

The candidates in this election are:               Click to Learn More About the Candidates

Mayor (vote for one)
Two year term
Nicole Nicoletta
Ken Jaray

City Council Ward 1 (running unopposed)
Four Year Term
Susan Wolbrueck

City Council Ward 2 (running unopposed)
Four Year Term
Nancy Fortuin

City Council Ward 3 (running unopposed)
Four Year Term
Bob Todd

The ballot will include the following Referred Measures:

Ballot Issue No. 2B
SHALL CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS DEBT BE INCREASED $3.9 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $7,000,000; AND SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $400,000 ANNUALLY TO PAY SUCH DEBT, WITH THE PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS FOR CITY PURPOSES, WHICH MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING A MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY TO BE UTILIZED AS A TRAINING AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER FOR THE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND FOR USE DURING TIMES OF FLOOD OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS TO MAINTAIN CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT, AND AS A STORAGE FACILITY FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES; 

AND SHALL THE MILL LEVY BE INCREASED IN ANY YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO RATE BUT ONLY IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT OR ANY REFUNDING DEBT (OR TO CREATE A RESERVE FOR SUCH PAYMENT); SUCH DEBT TO BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR OTHER MULTIPLE FISCAL YEAR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS; TO BE SOLD IN ONE SERIES OR MORE, FOR A PRICE ABOVE OR BELOW THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SUCH SERIES, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND WITH SUCH MATURITIES AS PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR REDEMPTION OF THE BONDS PRIOR TO MATURITY WITH OR WITHOUT PAYMENT OF THE PREMIUM OF NOT TO EXCEED ONE PERCENT; AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH BOND PROCEEDS AND TAX REVENUES BE COLLECTED, RETAINED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW? 

YES ___ NO. ___

Ballot Question No. 2C
Without increasing taxes, shall the City of Manitou Springs have the legal right to provide high-speed internet services (advanced services), telecommunications services and cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by Colorado Revised Statutes §§ 29-27-101 through 304, entitled “Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services”? 

YES ___ NO. ___               ___________________________________________________________

NOTICE of FINANCIAL INFORMATION

City of Manitou Springs, El Paso County, Colorado 

At the election to be held on November 7, 2017, the City of Manitou Springs (the “City”) is submitting one ballot issue concerning the creation of debt or financial obligation.

Pursuant to §1-7-908(1) C.R.S., the following financial information is provided:

I.  City’s Ending General Fund Balance by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year                                                  Ending Balance
2017 (projected)                                         $ 2,911,858
2016 (audited)                                            $ 3,230,755       
2015 (audited)                                            $ 2,022,614              
2014 (audited)                                            $ 1,629,630     
2013 (audited)                                            $ 1,335,246         

II.  Total Revenues In and Expenditures From the City’s General Fund by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year                               Revenues In                         Expenditures From
2017 (projected)                      $10,464,359                            $ 9,644,528 
2016 (audited)                         $  9,685,969                            $ 7,651,593
2015 (audited)                         $  8,155,927                            $ 6,790,790 
2014 (audited)                         $  6,026,775                            $ 5,450,440 
2013 (audited)                         $  5,243,179                            $ 4,846,201  

III.  Amount Incurred by the City for Cash Flow Purposes – by Fiscal Year                                   (Debt or other Financial Obligation with not more than one year term)

Fiscal Year                                                  Cash Flow Borrowings
2017 (projected)                                               $ -0-
2016 (audited)                                                  $ -0-
2015 (audited)                                                  $ -0-   
2014 (audited)                                                  $ -0-   
2013 (audited)                                                  $ -0-   

IV. The City’s Emergency Reserve Required by § 20(5) of Article X of the Colorado                       Constitution has been Fully Funded by Cash or Investments for the following Fiscal                 Years

                                                                 Emergency Reserve Held In
                                                                 Restricted TABOR Fund
Fiscal Year                                                            Balance in General Fund                                           2017 (current)                                                   Not fully funded*       
2016 (audited)                                                   Not fully funded*   
2015 (audited)                                                   Not fully funded*    
2014 (audited)                                                   Not fully funded*       
2013 (audited)                                                             Fully funded

  • The City declared a State of Emergency after the 2013 floods and spent its Tabor Reserve in 2014 and is still in a State of Emergency.

V.  City’s Ending Capital Improvements Fund Balance by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year                                                   Ending Balance
2017 (projected)                                              $200,830      
2016 (audited)                                                 $ 168,455     
2015 (audited)                                                 $ 885,171     
2014 (audited)                                                 $ 289,324     
2013 (audited)                                                 $ 301,662     

VI. Total Revenues In and Expenditures From the City’s Capital Improvements Fund by               Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year                               Revenues In                         Expenditures From
2017 (projected)                      $1,028,004                              $ 1,961,590    
2016 (audited)                         $   114,167                              $    604,900    
2015 (audited)                         $     33,315                              $    569,274     
2014 (audited)                         $     36,081                              $    798,297    
2013 (audited)                         $    200,828                              $   811,217        

VII.  Any Person may Review the City’s

1. audited Financial Statements for the last four Fiscal Years,
2. any Management Letters made public and provided to the City by the City’s Auditors for          the last four Fiscal Years, and
3. the Budget for the current Fiscal Year

at the following location:

City of Manitou Springs
Office of the City Clerk
606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Telephone:  719-685-2554


Are you Registered to Vote? 
HB 13-1303, passed in 2013, changed voter registration rules.  Under HB13-1303, voter registration is permitted on any day up to and including the day of election.  In order to vote on the Manitou Springs Ballot, you must be a resident of Manitou Springs and must have resided in the State of Colorado for twenty-two (22) days immediately preceding the day of the election. Registration options are as follows: 

  • You may submit an application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license examination facility, or a voter registration drive no later than 22 days before the election (October 16, 2017).
  • Voter registration is available via the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system at www.govotecolorado.com through the 8th day before the election (October 30, 2017).
  • You may register to vote by appearing in-person at a Voter Service and Polling Center through Election Day.  Note:  a Voter Service and Polling Center will open at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017 and Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Election Day).

Utility Customers of Manitou Springs

Please note, in the month of December, you will be receiving a REVISED utility bill.  Due to technical difficulties, the bill sent out on Thursday, November 30th, did not have the water volume charge reflected on it.  We discovered this on Friday, December 1st and reprinted the bills and mailed them out on Saturday, December 2nd.  The second (correct) bill has the word REVISED on it and has an amount for the water volume charge (and sewer volume charge for commercial entities).  For those of you with automatic bill pay, rest assured, only the correct amount will be billed to your credit card or bank account and not the first bill you received.  Thank you for your understanding.


Proposed Multipurpose Training and Emergency Operations FacilityThe November 7 election will include a ballot issue regarding whether or not to increase taxes and debt for the purpose of constructing and equipping a municipal public safety facility.  The proposed facility would be used as a training and emergency operations center for the fire and police departments, as a place to maintain continuity of government during times of flood or other natural disasters and as a storage facility for municipal purposes. Click here to read a factual summary regarding the proposed facility.


2017/2018 Budget Calendar
To view the budget calendar for fiscal year 2017/2018, click here.


Municipal Projects Survey

The City of Manitou Springs held a public meeting on municipal projects on Tuesday, July 11. In order for citizens who attended the meeting to have more opportunity to provide preferences and feedback, and to provide for the same input for members of the public who couldn't attend the meeting, this survey was created.  Below are the survey results:

Municipal Projects Survey Data Summary
Municipal Projects Survey Data Comments

To view general information on Municipal Capital Projects click here.


City of Manitou Springs Programs, Policies and Participants

PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The City of Manitou Springs is a home-rule municipal government in the State of Colorado that provides a range of services, with the overall purpose of ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the community in accordance with the City's Municipal Code, State Statutes and Federal Law. 

SERVICES PROVIDED
Services include: overall city governance by a city council and admistration; provision of public safety and emergency services; municipal court; human resources; liquor license administration; financial management; provision and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, water, waste water and storm water; flood recovery projects; parks, recreation & fitness center; a cemetery; open space and trails; parking; funding to support library services; and planning services to implement the zoning code, historic district/subdivision regulations, long-range planning, procurement of grant funding, transportation planning/projects and economic development.

PROGRAMS PROVIDED
Programs include: recreation and exercise programming to promote a healthy life style and water safety; on-going staff training and education; community outreach; and collaboration with regional agencies to address housing, social services, transportation and other needs.

PARTICIPANTS
Participants of city services and programs include citizens, business owners, numerous visitors and city staff.

The City of Manitou Springs does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Reasonable accommodation will be provided to ensure equal access to all people.  Individuals who would like to request auxiliary aids or services should contact ADA Coordinator Donna Kast at (719) 685-2554 or dkast@comsgov.com to discuss specific needs (e.g., interpreters, sign language, or readers for the sight impaired). 


Staffing Analysis

An 11 Year Staffing Analysis report was produced for City Council review at the October 11, 2016 Worksession. To review the 11 Year Staffing Analysis, click here.


Drinking Water Quality Report
The 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report is available. Click here to view the 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report. The report is also posted on the Public Services Water Department webpage.


Employee of the Month Program

The Manitou Springs City Council is proud to announce the Employee of the Month initiative. Beginning March 2016, community members and City staff will have the opportunity to nominate a City employee as Employee of the Month.

Nomination forms can be picked up in the City Clerk’s office and be submitted via email to Mayor Nicoletta at nnicoletta@comsgov.com. The Employee of the Month will receive $50.00 of Manitou Money and a month of free parking in any paid parking spot in Manitou Springs!

We hope this initiative helps us all get to know our City Employees better and ignites pride and excitement throughout the City.  


Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee

The City of Manitou Springs is seeking one Volunteer Representative to serve on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee.  Click to view additional PPRTA CAC information.


Manitou Springs Welcomes Visitors

Best known for its scenic landscapes, cool mountain air, healing mineral springs, hiking trails, popular events and welcoming spirit, Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination.  Click to learn more about Manitou Springs.