A Colorado Springs-based group that advocates for fiscal responsibility and transparency in city government is launching a national effort to take its message to other cities.
SpringsTaxpayers.com announced it has launched Your Town Taxpayers to start similar watchdog groups in cities around the country after others expressed interest, according to a statement from the group.
“Since the inception of SpringsTaxpayers.com, we have been contacted by citizens from other cities – both in Colorado and across the country – who want to do something similar in their area,” said Laura Carno, who co-founded both organizations. “Local government is the easiest government to hold accountable, and we look forward to sharing our process templates and issues research with other interested citizen groups across the country.”
SpringsTaxpayers.com regularly has covered issues surrounding government spending, overly burdensome regulations, and transparency in the Pike Peak region over the past two years.
Recently, the organization critically covered how the Colorado Springs City Council gives away tax incentives to lure businesses into the city. It also occasionally wades into statewide issues such as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and national popular vote.
The organization also regularly files public records requests under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) to uncover government abuse, the news release said.
“All of these activities can be done anywhere, and we look forward to helping others hold their local politicians accountable to the people they serve, through Your Town Taxpayers,” Carno said.
Carno told The Center Square that while there are currently no cities in the works for chapters of Your Town Taxpayers, she hopes the group’s presence will be a resource so activists in other states “don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”