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July 2nd, 2012
thesmithian

As Colorado Springs battles a rash of robberies after a wildfire that still licks at its boundaries, it does so with fewer police and firefighters and a limited tax base that may hamper its rebound. The place where the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 346 homes and forced more than 34,000 residents to evacuate turned off one-third of its streetlights two years ago, halted park maintenance and cut services to close a $28 million budget gap after sales-tax revenue plummeted and voters rejected a property-tax increase. The city, at 416,000 the state’s second-largest, auctioned both its police helicopters and shrank its public-safety ranks…it has 50 fewer police and 39 fewer firefighters than five years ago. More than 180 National Guard troops have been mobilized to secure the city…At least 32 evacuated homes were burglarized…”It has impacted the response,” said accountant Karin White, 54, who returned…to a looted and vandalized home…

and:

…the city, where there is strong anti- federal government sentiment, is now turning to the U.S. for assistance…President Obama declared the state a disaster area, which frees aid for communities affected by the wildfires”…Ironically, Colorado Springs is going to rely…on federal funds for rebuilding…”

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    What’s that saying? You get what you pay for?
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  8. johnmumbles said: I heard a story about the budget cutting in Colo. Springs on NPR a couple of months ago and wondered how that was working out for them now. Thanks for the info.
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    Yes, it’s ironic… but not surprising. I’ve tried to tell these radical individualists (anti government extremists)...
  15. jamesearljoint said: cool picture..but terrible circumstances for it…
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