Nov 5, 2009 8:08 AM by John Romero
The defeat of 2-C in Tuesday's election has left a lot of questions for the city of Colorado Springs to answer. Millions of dollars will have to be cut in order to make up for the budget shortfall. Among the possible solutions are job cuts to police and fire. It's something Councilman Sean Paige says isn't easy. "Public safety is 54% or so of the city budget. So how you get 30 million dollars or more in savings without touching public safety is a tough nut to crack." Paige says.
Every member of the council is putting in their 2 cents on how the cuts could be made, most of which are looking at saving jobs. Councilman Darryl Glenn is proposing a possible 24 day furlough. "You can either do an across the board salary cut or you can lay off more employees." Glenn explains, "At least through a furlough they still have their jobs." Paige agrees, "I think at this point everything has to be on the table, including possible pay reductions or furloughs. I'm not closing the door on that. I just don't think we can close the door on anything right now given the situation.
"We certainly understand where the voters came from." says Mayor Lionel Rivera, "The citizens decide how much resources we get and then we have to prioritize that, so that's what we're going to do." Many of these answers will come down to Monday at 1:00 when council will sit down and we'll find out exactly what to expect for the future of our city.