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City spending increases in 2013 budget

For the business community, there’s a lot to like in Mayor Bach’s proposed 2013 budget, unveiled at a Monday news conference Continue Reading City spending increases in 2013 budget

City officials announced today that contracted lawn crews will begin limited maintenance on street medians. Median mowing and watering had been cut from the 2010 budget, but officials said unexpected salary savings will allow mowing, irrigation, fertilization and weed spraying. Medians that will receive maintenance are: • Cascade Avenue (from Fountain Boulevard to Jackson Street), •… Continue Reading City to begin street-median maintenance

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A Colorado Springs liquor store owner is blaming city cutbacks for increased crime in a darkened neighborhood, including a fatal shooting. Gaspar Martinez, owner of Ruskin Liquor, says violence in the area has increased since the city turned off a streetlight in front of his business to save money. A 62-year-old man died after he… Continue Reading Springs businessman blames city cuts for crime

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Faced with a severe budget shortfall, Colorado Springs’ officials ordered up a series of cuts in city programs and services this year, including turning off streetlights, closing park restrooms and ending park irrigation. Six months after the 2010 budget was approved, it appears the effects of the city budget crisis have been far less severe… Continue Reading Crisis averted despite budget cuts

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Trash talking with city budget

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Colorado Springs residents are beginning to realize that the city’s draconian budget cuts will affect even the most mundane and useful city services. The ubiquitous trash cans along trails and in neighborhood parks will soon be removed. The city noted in a press release, “The 2010 general fund budget for parks maintenance was reduced by… Continue Reading Trash talking with city budget

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Last week, voters told city leaders to find a way to secure Colorado Springs’ long-term sustainability that doesn’t include raising taxes. To do that, economic development needs to be integrated and diversified. But getting there won’t be easy. “We cannot continue to work around the fringes. We have to say the tax structure in the… Continue Reading Solving the city’s budget woes not a simple task

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A nanosecond overview of city budget constraints

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States and municipalities across the nation are having difficulties balancing budgets because sales tax is declining nationally — it’s a consumption-based tax, and consumers, of course, are “pulling back.” Dr. Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was a keynote speaker, along with City Manager Penny Culbreth-Graft, at UCCS’… Continue Reading A nanosecond overview of city budget constraints

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Say you’re a pilot. You’re not flying the plane — you’re sitting in the back of the bus, row 27, seat E, squeezed between oversized fliers. You’re mad at the airline, at the airline industry and at the overpaid incompetents who have run the company into the ground. You’re mad that your once amply funded… Continue Reading Not the time to stand on principle, and crash and burn

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Life is unfair. And it’s probably unfair that, as the city announces a projected budget shortfall of more than $37 million, many of us are questioning the city’s basic competence. How did they get themselves in such a fix? What’s to be done? Are they just trying to scare us? Decades ago, whenever the National… Continue Reading Opportunity to redefine city

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  The City of Colorado Springs has published the 2009 Budget-in-Brief booklet on its Web site.   The booklet is intended to be an easy-to-read guide that features facts, figures and graphs that summarize the budget and its revenue sources and expenditures. The online booklet can be accesed by clicking here or by visiting springsgov.com and entering… Continue Reading City publishes user-friendly budget guide online

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