With community centers staring at a March 31 fundraising deadline, members of Colorado Springs neighborhoods are scrambling to keep hope alive. And people are wondering what the predicament says about our city.
Bartender and yoga instructor
What do you think about the job City Council has done managing its budget? I don't think they've done a very good job. Nothing adds up.
What would you cut if you were trying to lower the city budget? Law enforcement. It seems we're more interested in becoming this fascist, crazy place than being like, "Yeah, let's promote parks and community centers and public transportation."
How do you think the quality of life here stacks up against Pueblo or Denver? Here, you have to make your quality of life for yourself — it's not as community-oriented.
Do you think City Council cares about and acts on citizen feedback? In general, no. They seem like they have their own little club going on.
What do you think about the job Council has done managing its budget? They're doing some cutbacks which means they're attempting to live within their budget, which is a good thing.
Have you or anyone you know depended on community centers for anything? No, but I'm aware that there are people that do and I've volunteered at some locations.
What would you cut if you were trying to lower the city budget? Like already has been done to some extent, [I would look at] restricting parks and services.
Do you think City Council cares about and acts on citizen feedback? It seems to me that they're paying attention because I see meetings with the citizens invited there to speak.
Patty Jewett area
Would losing community centers be a big deal? Why? It'd be a terrible thing, because those kids have got nowhere else to go.
What would you cut if you were trying to lower the city budget? I'd probably sell the hospital and use the cash for a few years.
How do you think the quality of life here stacks up against Pueblo or Denver? It's probably a little better here than in Pueblo or Denver, but I could see it going downhill if we don't spend some money on the community.
Do you think City Council cares about and acts on citizen feedback? They should, or else they'll be out in the next election.
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