Sliced, diced city budget discussion on Oct. 22

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The city will hold its annual public E-town meeting to discuss the 2010 General Fund budget from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22, at City Hall. The meeting can be attended in a variety of ways.

Supporters of the Pioneers Museum, of the park system, and of the police and fire departments, all of which would be impacted by the cuts, are expected to attend.

Residents can participate by:

  • Attending in person at City Council Chambers, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.
  • Watching the meeting live on SpringsTV, cable channel 18 or www.SpringsGov.com
  • Phoning in comments to 385-5961
  • Faxing input to 385-5861
  • E-mail ideas to etownhall@springsgov.com

One Response to Sliced, diced city budget discussion on Oct. 22

  1. As a business person who has had to reduce not only my compensation over the last 2 years but also my employees compensation I see no reason why our local, state and federal government paid people can not do the same. Why does our government condemn the CEO’s and corporation greed when they and most of their employees have the same expectations.

    I agree with the email from Tom Gallager, which follows;
    Folks,

    I need your help. The City’s annual budget hearing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (the 3rd floor of 107 N. Nevada Avenue) next Thursday evening (October 22, 2009) beginning at 7:00 PM.

    Some of you may have seen an email I sent in response to a constituents concerns about a lack of trust with City Hall. In it I outline more than a few common sense solutions that can be applied to the 2010 budget that do not require the passage of 2c to implement. Since none of them are considered in the 2010 proposed budget submitted by the City Manager the only way to force discussion on them is with a strong show of support from the community.

    I need record attendance at this year’s budget hearing. Not from the traditional attendees, (people seeking to create a pet project, preserve a pet project, or grow a pet project) but from the vast majority of this community that have never considered attending this meeting. I need righteous indignation over a City corporate culture that believes public sector employees should be immune from adversity related to the nation’s economic meltdown.

    I need a tea party. I need to fill City Hall way over capacity. I need thousands of people to show up and fight for this city by showing support for changing the way the City of Colorado Springs does business. The City’s fiscal problems are real, the magnitude of the impacts is artificial. The dire, doom and gloom prophecies are all premised on the idea we are already doing the best we can and that simply isn’t true.

    Are you aware of the “under paid, underappreciated” compensation myth? By cherry picking comparison communities the compensation numbers are being grossly manipulated. Compare a Colorado Springs employee to the Denver market and they are under paid; compare that same position to (for example) Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Huntsville, or any other community of 400,000 residents and a different picture emerges. Did you know that traditionally Colorado public sector employees are compensated at rates that when ranked nationally fall in the top 20%? Did you know the average full time city employee earns more than the median 2 income household in El Paso County?

    A 10% across the board pay cut means no layoffs are necessary in the Police and Fire Departments. The 10% pay reduction trims $16,000,000 out of the proposed $28,000,000 budget cuts.

    Please encourage everyone you know and everyone you don’t know to make their presence known next Thursday night. To my knowledge this approach has never been taken before so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. You have to balance your check book why shouldn’t the City? Please come and demand an answer to that question.

    This is important and it is the right thing to do.

    Tom Gallagher
    Colorado Springs City Council at Large

    Terry Jenson
    October 16, 2009 at 11:09 am