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    Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

    Some rather extreme cost cutting

    More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

    The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

    Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks

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    Though officials and citizens put public safety above all in the budget, police and firefighting still lost more than $5.5 million this year. Positions that will go empty range from a domestic violence specialist to a deputy chief to juvenile offender officers. Fire squad 108 loses three firefighters. Putting the helicopters up for sale and eliminating the officers and a mechanic banked $877,000.

    Tourism outlets have attacked budget choices that hit them precisely as they're struggling to draw choosy visitors to the West.

    The city cut three economic-development positions, land-use planning, long-range strategic planning and zoning and neighborhood inspectors. It also repossessed a large portion of a dedicated lodgers and car rental tax rather than transfer it to the visitors' bureau.

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    "I don't know if people are convinced that the water needed to be turned off in the parks, or the trash cans need to come out, or the lights need to go off," Fowler said. "I think we'll have a big turnover in City Council a year from April. Until we get a new group in there, people aren't really going to believe much of anything."

    Mayor and council are part-time jobs in Colorado Springs, points out Mayor Rivera, that pay $6,250 a year ($250 extra for the mayor). "We have jobs, we pay taxes, we use services, just like they do," Rivera said, acknowledging there is a "level of distrust" of public officials at many levels.
    Quite suprised at the police helicopters being cut, and the street light being reduced as much as they are. Also quite suprised at the low pay the mayor and council members recieve

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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Wow, that city is gonna go down the crapper. Don't be surprised if crime skyrockets. I'm all for cutting costs within reason, but this is too extreme. I too am surprised by the low pay and part-time positions received by the mayor and council.
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Wow, that city is gonna go down the crapper. Don't be surprised if crime skyrockets. I'm all for cutting costs within reason, but this is too extreme. I too am surprised by the low pay and part-time positions received by the mayor and council.
    It is not a small city either with just under 400 000 people

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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    It is not a small city either with just under 400 000 people
    Yeah, I doubt that the low pay and part-time nature of the government make for good governance.
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    They are not alone. Phoenix is proposing laying off 300 police and firefighters.

    IMO, it boils down to way to many people demanding services, to many "pork barrell" projects and entitlement programs. Phoenix pushed a light rail system, but can't afford to keep the police force. IMO, many of our elected officials are incompentent.
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    They are not alone. Phoenix is proposing laying off 300 police and firefighters.

    IMO, it boils down to way to many people demanding services, to many "pork barrell" projects and entitlement programs. Phoenix pushed a light rail system, but can't afford to keep the police force. IMO, many of our elected officials are incompentent.
    I would often agree. One should keep in mind that politicians don't know what they're doing a lot of the time. They're good at getting elected, and whatever else they specialized in doing in their lives. Not necessarily running a government...

    As one US Congressman said in one of Michael Moore's movies "You don't need a PhD to run for Congress."
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    IF you cannot afford it, you cannot afford it.

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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    I strongly suspect that this is a ploy to raise taxes. You'll note, they haven't cut the lights at city hall yet. These cuts are designed to be felt by the populace and soften them up for the inevitable tax increase.

    You want to piss off your constituents? Take away their garbage services.

    For the record, our garbage is privately contracted...wonder why Colorado Springs hasn't allowed a private company like Waste Management to bid for the contract if they can't deliver the services...

    Oh yeah...because garbage services are a tool to force the hand of the populace.
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

    Some rather extreme cost cutting

    Quite suprised at the police helicopters being cut, and the street light being reduced as much as they are. Also quite suprised at the low pay the mayor and council members recieve
    We have a little thing called TABOR, and it makes it very difficult to raise taxes. So the State government is very restricted in how much money it can bring in and how much it can increase taxes by. It wasn't really that bad till Wall Street and the banks crashed the system.
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    Re: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

    Send the illegals back home, there will be plenty of money once they stop draining the system......

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