This advisory committee is by mayoral appointment to provide consultation to the Colorado Springs Fire Department regarding funds for a city-wide and Pikes Peak region wildfire mitigation, prevention, and evacuation planning program and its associated efforts. The advisory committee works in coordination with City of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and Colorado Springs Fire Department’s Fire Chief Randy Royal, Fire Marshal Brett Lacey, and Wildfire Mitigation Program Administrator Ashley Whitworth to pursue and accomplish goals and objectives of the voter-approved program.
- Tom Barter, Acting FMO, U.S. Forest Service
- Dan Battin, Acting Fire Warden, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
- Bob Chastain, President & CEO, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Robert Fisher, Fire Chief, Fort Carson Fire
- John Forsett, Fire Chief, Manitou Springs / Pikes Peak Area Council of Fire Chiefs
- Meggan Herington, community member
- Malcolm Johnson, community member
- Joe Murphy, Forester and Wildland Fire Program Manager, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Dave Root, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
- Dick Standaert, community member
- Jeremy Taylor, Forest Program Manager, Colorado Springs Utilities
- Dennis Will, Forester, City of Colorado Springs
Councilmembers Dave Donelson and Michelle Talarico will serve as non-voting Council liaisons.
In 2021, voterspassed ballot measure 2D allowing the City to retain and spend up to $20M to create a city-wide and regional wildfire mitigation and prevention program to be managed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
All active registered voters in the in the City of Colorado Springs city limits will be eligible to vote on this referred item: City Council referred this item to the ballot on August 24, 2021.
WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $20,000,000 TO CREATE A CITY-WIDE AND REGIONAL WILDFIRE MITIGATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM TO BE MANAGED BY THE COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT, THIS AMOUNT BEING THE ESTIMATED 2021 REVENUES ABOVE THE 2021 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE/SPENDING LIMITATIONS, AND ANY FUTURE INTEREST RECEIVED THEREON, OF WHICH NO MORE THAN 5% OF THE BALANCE OF THE FUND WILL BE SPENT ANNUALLY, AND FOR CITY FISCAL YEAR 2022 AND THEREAFTER, THE AMOUNT ALLOWED BY CITY REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS SHALL BE THE TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUES RECEIVED IN 2021, ADJUSTED IN EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER FOR INFLATION AND CITY GROWTH AS PROVIDED BY CHARTER, AS VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES AND EXCEPTIONS TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CHARTER REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY?