Colorado Springs Becomes Tea Party Paradise
Cash-strapped government shrinks and shrinks
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2010 12:38 PM CDT
Colorado Springs' skyline is seen in this file photo.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Just how conservative is Colorado Springs? So conservative that even the Wall Street Journal says it’s “Taking Small Government to the Extreme.” The town is strapped for cash, but voters have rejected a tax increase, urging the government to slash services instead. Letters to the town council and local newspapers are pouring in, demanding that community centers be closed, the police department shrunk, and city-owned utilities sold off.

Already the city has had to turn off a third of its street lights, and it's begging for volunteers to handle jobs it once paid for—like emptying park garbage cans, cleaning graffiti, and staffing public swimming pools. It’s even asked taxi drivers to serve as extra eyes for its dwindling police force. The model has had some successes, and some conservatives are singing its praises. But poor neighborhoods are suffering, unable to raise the money to replace municipal services like after-school childcare.

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Apr 14, 2010 11:39 PM CDT
Ah, but there are plenty of super-churches within the Springs. Never mind the "tent cities" of homeless.
Apr 14, 2010 3:21 PM CDT
COOKEDGOOSE I tried to reply to your post but received an error message. Is this like the inmates running the prison! Not everyone was against the new home forthe United Olympic Center. The accounting figures show that it will result in positive numbers for the Colorado Springs coffers. Go read the data that the commissioners had avialable when they made their decision. Can you provide address of homes that have had leans placed on them (hope that Doug Bruce owns them). Not every city in the US has turned of their water for the parks, removed trash cans, reduced their public transportation by laying off 75 bus drivers, cut funding for community centers, cutting funding for after school programs, turning off street lights, projecting the sale of the hospital, projecting cuts in LE and FD. This is cutting the quality of life for the area and will not look good for future businesses that look to locate in Colorado Springs.
Apr 14, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
Colorado Springs has cut 75 jobs from there bus division. This is making it imposible for some to get to work or home. It has also cut the services for the disabled making it very difficult for them: cannot attend functions in the evening like club meetings and church. No watering of the parks this year and as dry as it is here it will only take one year and the grass will be dead. Removed all trash cans from city parks. Turned off 1/3 of the streetlights. They are working on other cuts becuase of a large defecit predicted for next year. Looking at cutting LE and police, selling the local hospital, cutting the Emergency Management section, etc. Not sure how this will play out. But, I don't think a lot of these decisions are the right way to go! New businesses will not like the quality of life that they see. At least they have banned camping on city property which will get rid of the homeless camps between the interstate and Fountain creek.