Get to know Gordon Klingenschmitt, candidate for one of three at-large city council positions in the April 4, 2023 Colorado Springs city election. Interviewers are Sixty35 Media Executive Editor Bryan Grossman and League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region Spokesperson Shelly Roehrs. We fact-checked every interview; see the results below. Candidate’s website
This is one of the 23 interviews conducted with candidates for mayor and city council (two were unavailable). We published them all on March 8 (ballots will be mailed to voters on March 10). You can view these conversations on YouTube here.
Candidate says “If I’m concerned that our city Colorado Springs has the highest sales tax of anyone else in our region, did you know that when you buy a hamburger, you’re going to pay 8.25% sales tax in the city of Colorado Springs, that’s higher than Denver, that’s higher than Pueblo that’s higher than Castle Rock.”
The sales tax rate for Denver is 8.81%, Colorado Springs is 8.2%, Pueblo’s rate is 7.6% and Castle Rock’s is 7.9%.
Candidate says Colorado Springs is great where you know, two to one, the number of beds required versus the number that are needed.
The Point in Time Count this year showed 267 (19%) unsheltered.
We’ll follow up with episodes replaying five candidate forums co-sponsored by Sixty35 Media March 9 – 21. A special thanks to the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region for partnering with Sixty35 Media on these episodes, and for organizing the candidate forums. Attend the forums in person, view the livestream, or view/listen later to them as episodes of Sixty35 Vote – on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. Find the forum schedule and livestream links here.
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