Oct 9, 2009 3:31 PM by Bill Folsom
Jobs will be lost and services cut. A preview of Colorado Springs 2010 budget is out and the impact is ugly.
If the budget proposal stands it includes the elimination of most city funded bus routes. Parks and recreation is all but eliminated. Police and fire will reduce staffing and services. All other city departments face reductions of at least 15%.
Reducution of Full Time Employees:
Fire Department (14.5%)
Police Department (8.2%)
City Council and Appointees (15.0%)
Community, Infrastructure, & Development (21.6%)
Transportation and Parks (77.1%)
Financial and Administrative Services (19.7%)
If the budget proposal stands, the largest cuts happen in transportation and parks. Transportation services will cut all city funded transit and paratransit routes. For parks there are closures of Rock Ledge Ranch, Helen Hunt Falls, Starsmore Discovery Center, and the Pioneers Museum. Community centers will close. Both outdoor and indoor swimming pools will close.
If the budget proposal stands 53 sworn police positions will be eliminated, 26 of those will be from patrol. The fire department will eliminate the services of two squads to reduce overtime and cross-staffing.