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Re: “Pain management

This is a serious national(even global) recession and will be difficult for everyone for at least another year, according to most reports. It makes crafting a budget difficult for all - individuals, businesses, govenrment, etc. But it also provides a chance to look at how we got into the hole we are currently in. For the City of Colorado Springs, I hope it makes them look at how they do business. By this, I mean how they write and accept contracts, how tax cuts are offered to businesses and developers, etc. This general idea was brought up in the most recent city council meeting by one of the council members. It seems to me that if growth can't pay for itself, then it is not a good idea for the city to sanction it. More houses means more roads, bridges, stop lights, fire and police stations to staff and maintain, etc. It also means, as we have learned to our chagrin, that the stormwater infrastructure that was not properly designed, engineered, installed, inspected, and maintained years ago must be renovated now at higher costs. But as we have learned in this recession, the added growth we've experienced is not enough to cover the costs of running a city of this size.
So I maintain that the city should tighten up on the "freebies" and exemptions that are given out, especially to developers, or mzake sure that the price of city infrastructure is included in the costs the developer must pay for their new projects. If an idea is a good one, private enterprise will back it; if not, they will shy away from it. It would seem this is a good plan for the city to follow as well.

Posted by Buckshott on 07/28/2009 at 5:48 PM

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