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Mar 19, 2010 8:43 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Adopt-a-streetlight program in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs residents can bring a little light to their neighborhood by paying to "adopt" streetlights that have been turned off as a cost-saving measure.

City officials say a residential light would cost $75 to adopt for a year, while an arterial light for bigger streets would cost $180.

The first light adopter signed up Thursday.

City officials say they have saved $760,000 by turning off 5,300 streetlights this year. Switching off the lights is a part of a plan to save $1.2 million. This year, the city expects its sales-tax revenue will be almost $22 million less than it was in 2007.

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