Colorado Springs Mayoral Government Change (November 2010)
This measure was approved
- YES 74,989 (59.33%)
- NO 51,413 (40.67%)
This measure was put on the ballot after supporters submitted more than 25,091 valid signatures to the county clerk's office. The measure sought to end the council-manager form of government and replace it with a strong mayoral government. The mayor would be the chief executive of the city and would be given stronger powers.
The current Mayor of the city, Lionel Rivera had first reported his support for the measure and even helped collect signatures for the petition drive. However, Rivera later changed his position, urging for a 'No' vote instead because too many issues were missing from the measure which would make the new government dysfunctional, he said. Additionally, Rivera said the campaigners were not being honest when they said it would cost less to switch government forms. Supporters of the measure said they were confused by his change in position.
Though supporters of the measure stated that Rivera's flip flop on the issue was his last attempt to be relevant as Mayor, Rivera said he tried to come up with alternate planning if the measure was defeated. Rivera developed other ways to empower the city Mayor without changing the charter as the 2010 measure proposed. Changes included increasing the number of districts and offering a pay raise to the Mayor.
- Colorado Springs Independent, "Mayor sets things straight," October 18, 2010 (dead link)
- Strong Mayor Question Gets Enough Signatures for Ballot Inclusion