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Colorado Springs taxpayer watchdog group taking its process nationwide

Colorado Springs — SpringsTaxpayers.com, which has sought to hold Colorado Springs government accountable for the past two years, is taking its watchdog efforts to other citizen activists, in other cities, who want to do the same.

The organization, which educates taxpayers in the Pikes Peak region about local government issues that affect their finances such as spending prioritization, Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) refunds, burdensome regulations, and government overreach, today announced the launch of Your Town Taxpayers.

Laura Carno

“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, co-founder of SpringsTaxpayers.com and Your Town Taxpayers in a news release. “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 uses social media activity, weekly newsletters, original blogs, and tips from residents to get their word out.

SpringsTaxpayers.com has based much of its work using the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), to uncover otherwise hidden facts and discussions that go on with area public servants.

“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,” said Carno.

More information is available at the group’s website, YourTownTaxpayers.com

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