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Old 11-16-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Who cares? Our city government made a tough decision to turn off some lights at night to save money, MILLIONS of dollars were saved. You might not realize it, but powering all those high pressure sodium lamps costs a ton of money.

Instead of rasing taxes, they did what they needed to do. What's the big deal? Everyone is gonna hit a deer or 2 around these parts eventually, lights or no lights.

I for one am glad they didn't raise any taxes, and now the budget is balanced. How many cities can say that?

It was a total public relations nightmare for the city and did not save as much money as you might think.

This was a article in the New York Times about it:

In Colorado Springs, the downturn will be remembered, quite literally, as a dark age: the city switched off a third of its 24,512 streetlights to save money on electricity, while trimming its police force and auctioning off its police helicopters.

The link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us...pagewanted=all

Interesting metaphor for the Springs.

In rough times cities need to cut back but they need to cut back on areas that are not a public safety issue.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I actually don't think it was that big of a deal. The town didn't descend into chaos, like a lot of the out of town national newspapers and reporters said it would.

I think it actually turned out to be a positive thing. The city had to cut back for a while because of budget mishandling by the city, and did...and it's fine now.

I wish the country as a whole would do the same.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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Just this past week, more lights on the far north end of Powers were re-lit.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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Who cares?
Lots of people, apparently.

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Our city government made a tough decision to turn off some lights at night to save money, MILLIONS of dollars were saved. You might not realize it, but powering all those high pressure sodium lamps costs a ton of money.
Do you actually know how much money was saved and/or how much taxes would have gone up otherwise, or are you just speaking based on your own assumptions?

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Everyone is gonna hit a deer or 2 around these parts eventually, lights or no lights.
That's one hell of an argument you got there. Solid logic.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I for one am glad they didn't raise any taxes, and now the budget is balanced. How many cities can say that?
NYC, every year since the '70's.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Lots of people, apparently.



Do you actually know how much money was saved and/or how much taxes would have gone up otherwise, or are you just speaking based on your own assumptions?



That's one hell of an argument you got there. Solid logic.

You doomsday people crack me up. OMFG, no lights!? Whatever shall we do!?

Get a life, grow up, stop being a pansy and move on. And yes, stay around Colorado Springs for awhile. Sooner or later, you're gonna mow down a Bambi. It's inevitable. More than likely it will happen in broad daylight too.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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Hitting a deer is not inevitable, it is a sign of inattentive or too-fast driving in most cases. My family has lived here for 8 generations and none of us has ever hit a deer.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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Just in searching around about deer population in each states I came across this. It's based on insurance claims.

Deer collisions
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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That's funny. All the years I lived in Ohio I never hit one deer, but In Colorado I've nailed 2 of them.
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