Parks, medians would be mowed under 2011 budget; pools' fate not so good

Posted on October 11, 2010 – 00:00
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DANIEL CHACÓN • Modified: October 11, 2010 at 12:00 am • Published: October 11, 2010

All the city’s parks and medians would be mowed and maintained next year under the 2011 spending plan proposed by interim Colorado Springs City Manager Steve Cox.

But several recreation and cultural facilities kept open this year with private dollars, including the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, Starsmore Discovery Center, Rock Ledge Ranch and the Julie Penrose and Wilber fountains, are once again on the chopping block.

“While there has been a positive trend in sales and use tax revenue for the past ten months, the economic recovery is perceived by many to be quite precarious and concern about the potential for a double-dip recession is real, ” Cox said in a letter to City Council.

“It is within this context that I present to you a balanced budget that relies upon a conservative revenue forecast, provides a ($1.4 million) contribution to the city’s fund balance, and largely maintains existing 2010 service levels, ” he wrote.

Cox’s proposed $222.5 million general-fund budget, up 4.8 percent from the 2010 budget, projects sales and use tax revenue to be one-half of a percent above the current 2010 end-of-year forecast, or 10.8 percent above the budget council adopted last year.

Cox's proposed budget is a recommendation to City Council, which has the ultimate say on what services will -- and won't -- be funded next year.

"This 2011 budget largely stabilizes municipal services at a reduced level, " Cox wrote.

Among the highlights of Cox's proposal:

Source: gazette.com

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I work for the non-profit Growing Gardens in NE Portland. We are looking for 45" diameter kiddie pools for our spring Container Gardening program. The 60" ones would be OK as well.
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