DA raises questions about El Paso commissioners’ executive session on voter sentiment poll

Colorado Springs Independent: Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May accused El Paso County commissioners of a lack of transparency and possibly a violation of the Open Meetings Act at its June 9 meeting, referring to spending $20,500 in taxpayer money on a voter opinion poll, including asking about the popularity of certain elected officials.

May said the poll, released last year, sought to ask voters about whether the county should be able to retain money collected in 2018 above the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights revenue cap. The poll also quizzed voters on what they thought of county elected officials. Discussions about the poll, May said, apparently took place in executive session, and he questioned whether that’s a legitimate use of a session that’s closed to the public.

“I didn’t know if you’re spending money on that [this year] and whether commission had been talking about this [in closed session],” he said to commissioners.

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