In a special session the Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously to allow an initiative pushed by anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce to be on the November ballot.
Bruce’s proposed initiative would phase out city enterprise fees, including the Stormwater Enterprise fee.
With the help of supporters Bruce collected more than 15,000 valid signatures on his petition to get the initiative on the ballot. He was originally told by City Clerk Kathryn Young that he hadn't met the deadline for the initiative to be on the November ballot, but city officials asked Young to expedite the process.
Mayor Lionel Rivera says if the measure passes, it would eliminate $26 million a year in enterprise fees. That's money collected through Colorado Springs Utilities and given to the city to provide essential services.
"As tough as things are now, they will dramatically get worse," said Mayor Rivera.
"The only way that people can express their disgust with our city council, the one who just gave away $53 million to the USOC, is by voting for issue 200. Vote in favor, vote yes, vote positive," said Douglas Bruce.
September 4 is the next deadline. That's when the city clerk has to have the ballot into the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.