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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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2019 Original & Final Amended 2018 Budgets

To view the City of Manitou Springs 2019 Original and Final Amended 2018 Budgets, please click here. Please note that these versions are in draft form as of November 9, 2018. If you would like to view the packet material for next week's budget work session (11/13/2018), click here.

Notice of Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2019 budget has been presented to the Manitou Springs City Council. The budget is available for public inspection and comment at the offices of the City Finance Director, 606 Manitou Avenue, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Click here to view the budget material being presented at the 11/07/2018 City Council meeting. (please note the various attachments at the bottom).

Any interested elector of Manitou Springs may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget.   There will be budget work sessions on the proposed budget at City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, beginning at 6:00 pm on October 16, 2018 and October 23, 2018.  A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the meeting of the City Council on November 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado. The City Council will also consider public comments and discuss the budget on November 20, 2018 (1st reading of the Budget Ordinance) and December 4, 2018 (2nd reading and final adoption of the Budget Ordinance), again at Manitou Springs City Hall.

/s/ Richard Parsons, Deputy City Clerk 
Published November 1, 2018
Official City Website, at City Hall, and in the Pikes Peak Bulletin

Cog Railway Agreement
The City Council will consider rescinding the original Cog Tax Incentive Agreement on November 7th, at 6 pm. The City Council will also consider a new agreement which incorporates a number of suggestions received from citizens during the many small and large group meetings that have occured since June. Should the proposed new agreement pass first reading, A copy of the proposed new agreement will be posted on November 8th. Public input is welcome on both the first and second reading of the agreement (November 7th and November 20th, respectively).

In order to provide up to date information about the Cog Agreement as well as the city budget or other city issues, the Mayor will be holding "office hours" on Monday, Nov. 5th from 5-6 PM, and Thursday, Nov. 15th from 12-1 PM at City Hall. Please also note that these City Council meetings can be accessed on Facebook Live on the official city facebook page.

The following are documents which were referred to during some of the public meetings. Additionally, there are other documents which may be of interest the community. Simply click on the link below to open/view the document.

Cog Railway Timeline
PowerPoint presentation presented at the public hearing on June 26, 2018
Memorandum from Interim City Administrator regarding the Cog Tax Incentive Agreement
Mayor's response to questions raised at the July 18, 2018 community forum
Current (new) Cog Agreement Fact Sheet
Possible Cog options
COG Update (10/23/2018)
- COG Update (10/31/2018)

- Proposed Agreement: Cog Tax Incentive Program Agreement for consideration by City Council on First Reading November 7, 2018 
- Initial Agreement:
 Ordinance 1318, Exhibit A: Cog Tax Incentive Agreement (Approved at 06/26/2018 Meeting)

Summit Economics Opinion Letter re: Manitou Cog Incentives
- Addendum to Summit Economics Opinion Letter
- Graphical Illustration of Annual Net City Revenue and Cog Rebate Under 3 Scenarios
- Current Agreement vs November 7 Proposal Under HIGH Scenario
- Current Agreement vs November 7 Proposal Under MEDIUM Scenario
- Current Agreement vs November 7 Proposal Under LOW Scenario
Summary of financial impact of Cog options under consideration as of October 2, 2018 
     (1) Current Agreement vs October 2 Proposal Under HIGH Scenario
     (2) Current Agreement vs October 2 Proposal Under MEDIUM Scenario
     (3) Current Agreement vs October 2 Proposal Under LOW Scenario
Tax Revenues Vs. Rebates
Letter from Cog representative explaining the purpose and need for tax incentives

Community Process:
- Cog Agreement community conversation process steps (flow chart)
Individual Response Form Answers from Oct. 2, 2018 community meeting
Cog Flipchart Questions from Oct. 2, 2018 community meeting 

Mobility Plan Preliminary Scope
Ruxton Ave. Functionality Study Scope of Work

The City thanks the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) representatives who assisted in facilitating the COG meeting on October 2, 2018. The mission of CONO is to empower neighborhoods in the Pikes Peak region with the vision of safe, healthy and thriving neighborhoods. CONO does this through education, connection, and action with a focus on effective and inclusive public process.

City of Manitou Springs Programs, Policies and Participants

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 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 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 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). 

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 Human Resources Director's office and submitted via email to Human Resources Director Donna Kast at dkast@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.   

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.