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    Yee Haaaaa! We (the County) discovered we had loose change in some old pants!
    More like loose bowels in old pants. Cordova and Nunez are unelectable and Chostner is term limited, so what do they got to lose? 70M for your name on a plaque is pretty steep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Swelk View Post
    70M for your name on a plaque is pretty steep.
    Especially if it isn't Your Money! . . .
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    And in this morning's paper, if you neither get it or didn't read it . . .

    New judicial center irks some county workers
    $50 million building, past furloughs unrelated, commissioners say.

    Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 12:00 am
    By PETER ROPER | proper@chieftain.com

    News that Pueblo County commissioners intend to start building a $50 million judicial building this year stung some of the county employees who were required to take a day of unpaid leave every month last year to cut county spending.

    A list of 20 employees sent an e-mail to The Pueblo Chieftain on Friday protesting that the 1,100 county employees had not received a cost-of-living raise in three years and had been forced to take 11 furlough days last year.

    Saying employee morale was at a "very low point," the letter said, "We had the understanding that furloughs were put into place in 2010 in order to allow the county to operate, not create a fund to build a new judicial building."

    The commissioners announced Thursday that they were reviving the judicial building project after more than a year's postponement. They said future property tax revenues from the Xcel Energy Comanche 3 plant and a new Black Hills Energy power plant will pay the cost of the $50 million, tax-exempt financing plan.

    Commission Chairman John Cordova said he expected to hear so complaints from employees because of the freeze on pay increases and the furloughs.

    "I know they haven't had a cost-of-living increase and we're certainly going to look at that," Cordova said Friday. "But this project won't cost them anything. It will be paid for by the increase in property tax revenues we're expecting."

    The commissioners also argued that the recession has brought construction costs so low that the judicial building is more affordable now.

    Commissioners canceled the mandatory furlough program beginning this year. Still, the judicial building announcement caught employees by surprise, said one worker, who asked not to be identified by name, but signed the e-mail.

    "The furloughs last year essentially translated into losing $1 an hour in pay for me," the worker said. "It's disheartening to have your salary cut for a year to save the county money and then come in and see a newspaper report that we can now afford a $50 million building. Why aren't the commissioners taking care of their employees first?"
    Sounds like a revolt in the making . .
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    People need to understand that stupidity & arrogance are real and should be taken seriously. There is still no known cure for either but yet the same individuals or the same type keep getting elected & re-elected.

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    Well, up to this year, I'd guess that 99.9% of the County Employees voted for them, and in Cordova's case, another 10 to 12 % of Roselawn Cemetery did also . .
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    According to today's Chieftain, the Three Stooges are going to start the Judge Dennis Maes Memorial Judicial Center and Court House about Labor Day of this year. And they're only going to spend $50 million (so they say) What did they cut out of the project that took it down from $70 million?

    Or did the value of the building go down just like our property valuations?

    Which brings us to another point. IF . . The property valuations goes down, so does the county's revenues, Hmmmm? Did those Math whizzes consider that before they stuck their necks out?

    Are they, quite like the City, going to continue to allow the streets and roads to look like a US Air Force "Cratering Experiment"? and spend needed maintenance money on a cornerstone with their names on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by large View Post
    According to today's Chieftain, the Three Stooges are going to start the Judge Dennis Maes Memorial Judicial Center and Court House about Labor Day of this year. And they're only going to spend $50 million (so they say) What did they cut out of the project that took it down from $70 million?
    It is 50 million when they break ground, 60 half way through and 75 million before it is finished and still not 1/3 of the parking spaces needed as defined by current city code. In fact there are not even enough planned parking spaces for the disgruntled emoloyees to park let alone the gruntled employees and general public.

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    Why are they Nameing this After Dennis Maes? There has been better lawers and Judges I respect Judge Mayes but I would rather forget him. Ha d him for a lawer one time He wanted me to take the fifth and I did not and he quit right in the middle of court. didnt get a refund ither. Judge Sevey was twice the judge. How high is the unemployment in Pueblo? What is this going to cost the homeowner? How high is the youth crime? How much is it going to cost to run this new building? Guess they will run bus service for the employees and the Lawers and so on. Seems to me that with all of the problems facing our nation and every state being broke. The county needs to save the people some much needed money.
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    Gotcha, Buster . . The Judge Dennis Maes memorial Judicial Building is a joke, just as is the John P. Cordova Memorial Parking Lot or at least the part that used to be under the old Mountain Ice and Coal Building . . is a joke . .

    On the parking lot, we're not too sure which is the joke, Cordova or the parking lot . . .
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    Parking lots are needed for all the government employees that create all the wealth we're enjoying.

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