‘Blockbuster’ court decision requires more transparency on Colorado Springs developer’s projects’

The Gazette: The El Paso County District Court has ordered a business improvement district on Colorado Springs’ north side to release all construction contracts, plans and payments related to public improvements, such as roads and water lines.

“It’s a blockbuster decision,” said John Henderson with Coloradans for Metro District Reform. “We are going to use it every chance we get to pull the curtain back.”

The court decision could set a higher standard for transparency around spending by contractors that is later reimbursed by taxes and open the door to public inspection of documents that show whether the millions in reimbursements developers ask taxpayers to pay for are justified, Henderson explained. The attorney has worked on statewide reform for developer-run taxing districts but did not work on this case. 

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