Monday, July 9, 2012

Colorado Springs Fires, Taxes and Consequences

Image from source, Bloomberg.
Well, this is interesting. Colorado Springs was one of those municipalities that severely cut back public services--while simultaneously refusing to raise taxes--and is finding itself in quite the pickle. Now, honestly, I hate to pile on here. There have been hundreds of people displaced, and a few die in these fires. It really is terrible. But will it be enough to show people that austerity measures, like cutting police and fire, instead of raising taxes, is a bad idea?


[Excerpt]
Wildfire Tests Police in Colorado Tax Movement’s Home

. . .The city where the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 346 homes and forced more than 34,000 residents to evacuate turned off one-third of its streetlights two years ago, halted park maintenance and cut services to close a $28 million budget gap after sales-tax revenue plummeted and voters rejected a property-tax increase. . .

 Read more at: Bloomberg

And a note: Why is the land of Focus on the Family and other uber-Christian money grubbers being savaged like this? Makes you wonder. 

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