Dec 13, 2010 8:16 PM by Zach Thaxton

2010 State of the Region: some challenges met, others lie ahead

 prepared for the worst," said El Paso Board of County Commissioners chairman Dennis Hisey before delivering the 2010 State of the Region address Monday, "but I really expect it to be better than the worst-case scenario."

Hisey's address before hundreds of community leaders highlighted cooperation, collaboration, and innovation leading to positive outcomes in 2010, but warned that tough days remain on the horizon.

In highlighting good news from 2010, Hisey noted completion of South Academy Boulevard between Interstate 25 and State Highway 115, creation of the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District, cleanup of grafitti at Rainbow Falls near Manitou Springs, improvements at Bear Creek Dog Park.  But Hisey also noted that severe challenges lie ahead because the El Paso County assessor projects a 10 percent drop in property tax collections for 2012.  "As far as where the cuts will come from, they'll be spread throughout the county," Hisey said.  "There is no one are where we can say, 'We can cut this and survive just fine.'  Everybody will have to take little cuts here and there to make up the grand difference."


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