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City salaries scrutinized by anti-tax advocate

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: May 23 2013 12:50:58 AM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 03:44:40 AM CDT

The city of Colorado Springs shared salary information for its employees and one tax critic said the waste shows.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The city of Colorado Springs shared salary information for its employees and one tax critic said the waste shows.

There are close to 280 Colorado Springs Utilities employees and close to 70 city employees that make more than Mayor Steve Bach's $96,000 salary.

Tax Payer Bill of Rights-author Douglas Bruce said it is money that is being wasted.

"It's outrageous and people need to know they're getting ripped off by the city," said Bruce.

The information on salaries is available upon request and not done yearly necessarily. That makes a year-by-year salary comparison difficult to formulate. But a spokeswoman for the city said Colorado Springs did reduce it's overall number of jobs on the payroll compare to last year by 29.

During a recent budget workshop meeting held by the mayor, the city handed out information that shows $12 out of every $100 spent in the 2013 general fund budget goes toward City Council and administration. It's the third largest piece of the budget pie behind fire ($21) and police/court ($42.)

Here's a look at the salary information for city workers paid from the general fund and Colorado Springs Utilities employees.

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