With tied hand you can't adapt to the needs that occur
Billy Carlisle and Farney created a petition, that will be on the ballot in March next to a city council compromise . In short iBilly Carlisle's proposal would allocate 54% of the sales tax revenue for capital spending, which is 5 times as much as other towns in Colorado with the same size. The logical consequence would be cuts of more than $500,000 to the operating budget of Salida. That might be end up in the closure of the pool (savings of $150.000) and the Steam Plant (savings of 100.000)or closing down Parks and trails, it might be resolved by firing police men or firing the people that are writing grants that the city has been using for improvements. It seems obvious, that Salida would enter a downwards spiral , attracting less visitors and offering less and less services to it's citizen. Until the effects of falling revenues will be apparent the city would have some extra money for repaving streets. Which might or might not really happen since , there is a public process with any of the street improvements, that takes it's time. City council developed a compromise, that still dedicates 3 times as much as other towns to capital spending but would ensure continue of the current services . We elect our city council to make an informed and balanced decision, where our money should be spend every year. Putting handcuffs on their hands will make it impossible for them to serve Salida in a meaningful way.
It is critical that Salida citizen take the time to understand the issue and fill out the ballot voting YES for the City Council initiative 2015-2. Please keep Salida vibrant.