Colorado Springs TOPS Money Usage (November 2010)

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A Colorado Springs TOPS Money Usage measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Colorado Springs, which is in El Paso County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 69,580 (56.23%)Approveda
  • NO 54,169 (43.77%)[1]

This measure asked voters if they wanted to allow the city council to take money from the Trails and Open Spaces program to be used to maintain parks. The city proposed taking around $500,000. However, city officials said it would not be enough to maintain the parks which was estimated to need around $9 million. Proponents of the TOPS program said they feared that if the city goes once into the fund to get money it would do so repeatedly until none was left.[2] An issue that arose was that according to an original TOPS law, approved in 1997, only 6 percent of funds can be used on maintenance services and if the measure was approved, it would allow 15 percent of the original funds to be diverted. Though park officials noted that they needed the funds, other uses for it would need to be found. Irrigation was a proposed plan, though complete specifics of what the extra money would be used for were not reported as of September 2010.[3]