Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Welcome to Libertopia

Wondering what "savage cuts" in public spending would actually mean in practice? Ask the residents of Colorado Springs:

"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. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need."

"A budget crisis caused by the recession left Colorado's second-largest city with a $28-million shortfall in its $212-million general budget. Residents -- largely conservative, anti-tax and suspicious of their elected leaders -- resoundingly voted against a proposal to triple property taxes and keep the city humming. Mayor Lionel Rivera said the city has no choice but to cut fundamental services.


At 11:25 am , Blogger Liam Murray said...

I'm never minded to go into bat for loony fringe tea party types but worth reading the comment thread on that story for a few comments presumably from actual residents:

"From EJl1358
THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING !! All this talk is manure to me. I have lived in the Springs for thirty five years ,have never swam in a municipal pool. When Carson gave the police the helicopters, all they did was fly over my house on weekends with search lights and annoy me,(good ridence). I have never met a Colorado Springs cop I could trust,(the fewer police the better, but the doughnut businesses will suffer).The fire department is loaded with people who have been hired and promoted by the old school of nepotism I witnessed for years. Lets face it they sleep most of the time and whine about back pain for an early retirement with full benefits.
When I moved to the Springs the standard of existence was better then than it is now with less people to challenge the landscape. People will find that less government is better and packing your trash is the responsible thing to do anyway. I never saw a snow plow on my street and the street in front of my house has been bucklefor fifteen years and no one has come to fix and repave it .LESS GOVERNMENT IS,AND WILL BE BETTER FOR EVERYONE IN THE LONG RUN , GOD BLESS DOUGLAS BRUCE

From reasonable_doubt
Before the election there were concerns by residents that City Council had wasted or mis-used millions on pet projects. There was a question as to why only homeowners were expected to foot the bill; why not all residents?

There is a continuing belief that City Council lacks leadership and common sense. The November referendum could have been written with a sunset clause, which would have ended the mill levy increase when tax revenues returned to previous levels.

So, to most of you...it is not about a bunch of conservatives who are too stupid to know when they should be taxed....it's about voters who want a City Council that makes good decisions and doesn't use punitive actions to teach voters a lesson when they don't get the money they want.


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