Wednesday, February 03, 2010

If Madison were Colorado Springs we'd be starting to turn out many of the street lights

And selling the police helicopter, except we don't have a police helicopter to sell . . . It's easy to forget how lucky we are in Madison with our relatively low unemployment rate and residents willing to pay property taxes for basic city services. It could be so much worse. Take Colorado Springs, for example -- another mid-size city that until recently was often listed as a great place to live and work.
This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.
Must be that Wild West tradition. Sounds exciting, until you have to live it.

1 comment:

Cybergabi said...

Actually they are experimenting in Europe with high-efficiency LEDs and motion sensors for streetlights - not to save money, but to save energy. It's a great thing in suburbs and other areas where there's not much going on in the streets at night.