Christmas-season cop in Old Town

       Starting Nov. 16 and continuing past New Year's, Old Colorado City will have a police officer on duty Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m.
       Funding will be provided by the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, whose advisory committee authorized the budget item at its meeting last week.
       “It's for the area, not just for the merchants,” explained Judy Kasten, committee chair. “Hope-fully the stores will be open late for Christmas shoppers, If people are going to be down here shopping and it's dark, this will make it more pedestrian-friendly.”
       This will be the second time this year the district has funded police protection. In the summer months, an officer was on duty Friday and Saturday nights from mid- May to Labor Day between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
       Before this year, the district had not provided police protection for several years, claiming reduced revenues due to the downward-ratcheting phenomenon in the 1992 TABOR (Taxpayers' Bill of Rights) state law. The district passed a “de-TABOR” election in 2001, so that since then it can retain tax earnings to let funds build back up again, Kasten said.
       The district is funded by property taxes from the roughly 100 Old Colorado City property owners between 24th and 27th streets.

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