Skip to comments.City removes trash cans, streetlights to save cash (Bring your own trash bags!)
Posted on 02/26/2010 1:34:16 PM PST by TaraP
Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) -- If you come to a neighborhood park in Colorado Springs, plan on bringing your own trash bags.
To save money, the city has removed the trash cans.
Need to catch a bus? Don't try on evenings or weekends. The city has cut that service, too.
And when the sun goes down, Colorado Springs is going to look a little bit dimmer. City crews are removing every third streetlight to save money on electricity and light bulbs.
Other governments are considering higher taxes to avoid such cutbacks, but in the state of Colorado, there is a taxpayers' bill of rights. It prevents state and city governments from raising taxes unless such a measure is approved by the voters.
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Not well known but an excellent golf-destination city.
Are the removing the whole structure or just the bulbs?
They will do anything to make life miserable for the those that pay while at the same time doing nothing to inconvenience those on the dole.
Dead grass, dark streets
But the 2010 spending choices are complete, and local residents and businesses are preparing for a slew of changes:
- The steep parks and recreation cuts mean a radical reshifting of resources from more than 100 neighborhood parks to a few popular regional parks. The city cut watering drastically in 2009 but “got lucky” with weekly summer rains, said parks maintenance manager Kurt Schroeder.
With even more watering cuts, “if we repeat the weather of 2008, we’re at risk of losing every bit of turf we have in our neighborhood parks,” Schroeder said. Six city greenhouses are shut down. The city spent $19.6 million on parks in 2007; this year it will spend $3.1 million.
“If a playground burns down, I can’t replace it,” Schroeder said. Park fans’ only hope is the possibility of a new ballot tax pledged to recreation spending that might win over skeptical voters.
- Community center and pool closures have parents worried about day-care costs, idle teenagers and shut-in grandparents with nowhere to go.
To think the Tesla experiments were conducted there. Just saying...
The city government has no creditability when it comes to the wise use of our money. I wonder if they’ll turn off the street light in my yard?
And how many union city/state employee jobs are they cutting? Oh, right...those people are far too IMPORTANT!
Try Martin, St.Lucie or Palm Beach Counties in Florida.
Best courses, and ya can play year round without using orange golf balls in the snow.
Liberals hate children.
1970s all over again. Reminds me of my childhood. I can’t wait to see this happen in NYC where whole sections of Central Park were fenced closed and filled with junk. Yippee.
Tourist traps with sand traps. Had my fill of those types long ago.
Now, I look for out of the way destinations that don’t try to attract you with glitz...just good, fun golf. Ever been to Wichita?
Sound like a threat.
Like the “long hot summers” they like to whine about.
Cut one bureaucrat and you could pay for all this stuff. It’s a gimmick. Tim Kaine thought closing rest areas would get Va taxpayers to support a tax increase. It didn’t work.
I bet the spacing of the light posts and the lumen rating of each light bulb were selected based on the Colorado State Building Code... I wonder how long it will be before they are putting the bulbs back in the lamp posts?
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