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Douglas Bruce Files Lawsuit Against City of Colorado Springs

A former El Paso County commissioner is in the spotlight again, after filing a lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs.

Credit: Colorado Attorney General

A former El Paso County commissioner is in the spotlight again, after filing a lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs.

Douglas Bruce claims the city is misusing taxpayer money.

In the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, Bruce outlines seven concerns he has with the city, especially with city council members.

In the lawsuit, he outlines that council members should not get any benefits, other than their annual stipend of $6,250. Bruce believes council members should not be eligible for pensions, expense accounts or free lunches during council meetings.

Bruce also attacks watering restrictions in the lawsuit. He says if a person pays their water bill then they should be able to use the water any way they want.

In the lawsuit, Bruce says the city attorney is wasting millions of dollars hiring outside lawyers to handle city issues.

11 News talked to a member of the Colorado Springs City Council. She says Bruce has filed more than two dozen lawsuits over the years, which takes a lot of time and money to deal with.

" It's frustrating from a council member's perspective to see those resources go to continuously fight these lawsuits, when so many of them have been found to be frivolous," said council member Jan Martin.

Douglas Bruce tells 11 News it shouldn't matter how many lawsuits he has filed or their outcomes. He says he is just trying to hold the city government accountable.

"The simple solution is for them to just to obey the law, then nobody has to file a lawsuit at all, said Douglas Bruce.

11 News has learned the city attorney is still going over the lawsuit and that some of the issues brought up have actually already been decided in court.


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