I don't live in the Springs Utilities service area so I have to (and stress HAVE TO since they suck) get my utilities through other providers who have the same type of program so this isn't anything CSU concocted just to screw their rate payers. It's just a matter of rate payers not using their gourds. And I too wish my utility bills were only $250 a month and I don't pay for sewage as I'm on septic. Give me a break.
Just a reminder that it's technically illegal for cyclists to use the sidewalk, so that argument sorta makes Mr. bike guy look silly. Additionally, most criminals are going to perp whther there are street lights or not. It may change their methods, but doubt there will be much effect otherwise. As for sksphreek's comment about not going into certain areas, it might be helpful to remember that some folks don't have a choice. If they live in one of those areas, they are forced to go there.
Just to add some actual thought to the senseless rant about the "Insanity at Utilities", I'd like ot point out that CS Utilities doesn't receive a single cent of tax money. Additionally, I'm wondering when the last time was she had to fill up her car with gas or have routine maintenance done to her vehicle. THE COST OF EVERYTHING HAS DOUBLED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, GENIUS!!! I worked at a gas station a little more than 10 years ago and people cried about gas going over $1 per gallon then. Do you really think Springs Utilities has any control over how much it costs them to do business? They don't operate in a vacuum, exempt from the effects of our ridiculous economy. Think next time before you whine.
Hey there LouDory, nobody's checks are getting fat this year and nobody is receiving "Special People" treatment. Consider the differences between what "the City" provides and what Springs Utilities provides. The City of Colorado Springs provides strictly services (police, fire, road maintenance, etc.: ALL SERVICES), no products, thus, relatively low overhead for production of anything. Thus, when cuts need to be made, the ONLY place to do it is in slaries because that is the GIANT BULK of their annual budget. With Springs Utilities, however, there are far greater costs because they are a PRODUCT company (gas, electricity, etc.). There is the cost of fuel, cost of maintaining network infrastructure, cost of generation (manufacturing, if you will), so logically, salaries are a FAR LESS SIGNIFICANT piece (less than 16%) of SU's budget. Thus, cutting salaries or additional jobs really won't do squat to change anything when the government is imposing costly measure that INCREASE COSTS ELSEWHERE. Stop comparing apples with Volkswagens. Additionally, Springs Utilities has a CEO who was insightful and forward-thinking enough to see this economic curveball coming and led a plan to reduce positions PROACTIVELY by over 200 FTE. Should existing Utilities employees be penalized for the City of Colorado Springs being somewhat less proactive in their approach? Oh, by the way, 13 vacation days is a joke when I have seen, in the private sector, as many as 21 vacation days in the first few years of employment. Another "oh by the way", did you not get the part about how Springs Utilities DID REDUCE THEIR SALARY BUDGET by realligning the pay structure to rusult in a net pay cut? Hate when people with pre-conceived notions fail to examine ALL the facts of an argument before spouting meaningless jabber.
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