Research / Analysis

The City Committee volunteer consultants base their findings and conclusions upon the study and analysis of extensive data and information. In the first few months of our existence, we took a deep dive into the city’s finances and supporting documentation to identify areas of interest that might provide obvious opportunities for the city to save money or deliver services more efficiently. Our Budget team spent literally hundreds of hours studying city financial documents and raw financial data, attending meetings with city staff, and evaluating similar initiatives in other cities. While there are many areas to explore (and that will keep us busy for a long time) our initial research has led us to specific observations, findings, and recommendations in the following categories.

In light of our commitment to making recommendations based on objective fact, these findings are accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, we are continually renewing our research, reviewing our findings and revising them for accuracy. We will post corrections in a timely manner, when warranted.

Click the topic name to see our initial findings and recommendations:

Budget / Finance
The city’s budget and financial process is one of the most challenging areas of investigation, but it will yield great opportunities for us to make substantive recommendations.
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Human Resources
The city and city enterprises employ thousands of people. In addition to salaries, the city (and therefore the taxpayer) is liable for additional benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, worker’s compensation, and pension contributions.
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Optimization
Optimization is a formal process to ultimately provide the best service at the lowest cost This can be achieved either through the use of city resources or the private sector. A competitive and transparent procurement process should determine the selection of the appropriate provider. The goal of the optimization initiative is drive innovation and improvement into the delivery of services while driving costs down.
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Governance,  Statutes & Policies

This body of work is to review governance practices and policies employed by the City to determine their impact on achieving desired outcomes, and to determine of Colorado Springs is artificially limiting its competitiveness.
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City Enterprises
The City of Colorado Springs, in addition to delivering core services, also owns several separate enterprises including: a hospital, a utility provider, an airport, cemeteries, parking structures and golf courses. The City Committee will study and evaluate various city-owned enterprises in the future.
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Memorial Health System
The future of the city-owned Memorial Health System, its structure and ownership, is currently the subject of much public attention and debate. Many organizations and constituents have weighed-in on this critical decision, including: the city-council appointed Citizen’s Commission, local and national media, health industry analysts, the Memorial Hospital board, the hospital management and staff as well as Colorado Springs’ civic leaders and citizens at large. Colorado Springs voters may see a ballot initiative during the April 2011 election proposing disposition of Memorial Health System. The ultimate decision on the future of the Memorial Hospital System may significantly impact the city’s current and future financial condition as well as many aspects of healthcare for the local community The Committee is researching the issue and will present the various viewpoints as information becomes available.
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  • CLICK to visit the MHS Citizen’s Commission website.
  • CLICK to download the Report Of The Citizens’ Commission On Ownership And Governance Of Memorial Health System