Westside-related issues could come up at hearing/'e-townhall' on city budget Oct. 30
Some services that may be of interest to Westsiders are on the chopping block in this year's Colorado Springs city budget, with a City Council public hearing
scheduled Thursday, Oct. 30. Also being considered is an increase in a Mountain Metro bus ride, from $1.50 to $1.75.
Called an “e-townhall meeting” (because people can send in questions by e-mail during the session), it will be in council chambers at the old City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m.
The budget, which is being pared down this year because of lower-than-expected sales tax revenues, currently includes the following possible cutbacks:
An unofficial possibility (currently in discussion among city officials) is closing or reducing operations at community centers, including the West Intergenerational Center, should a need for more police services require additional budget-balancing.
A city press release states: “The City Council and City Administration face significant challenges in balancing the 2009 General Fund budget. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the process.”
The “e-town hall” e-mail address will be: firstname.lastname@example.org. A phone number to call during the meeting is 385-5961. The meeting will also be telecast on Comcast Channel 18. For more information before the meeting, call 385-5852.
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