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Mayor Bach presents a balanced 2015 budget to City Council
Monday, October 06, 2014

City departments identified nearly $4 million in efficiencies

garnering big wins for 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Mayor Steve Bach presented a balanced 2015 budget to City Council today, October 6.                                                                                                                                                            

Departments city-wide identified $3.96 million in efficiencies in the 2015 General Fund Budget that helped eliminate the initial budget deficit, and fund an additional 20 police officers, improvements to the City’s information technology network and data center – critical to all City service delivery, increased frequency of bus service and allocated more funds for the Acacia Park Ice Rink and Hub.

The 2015 budget builds upon the great progress we have made these past three years:

  • Turning back on 3,500 streetlights
  • Bringing back and maintaining 275 acres of neighborhood parks
  • Increasing the General Fund Transit budget every year
  • Reestablishing evening, weekend and holiday bus service, extending service to Powers Boulevard and the El Paso County Citizen’s Service Center
  • Opening and staffing a new fire station – Station 21 in Stetson Hills
  • Adding 42 firefighters, 66 police officers and 28 community service officers
  • A smooth transition to outsourced City fleet services– no public safety concerns about quality or responsiveness - which is expected to save up to $4 million over 5 years and reduce legacy costs
  • In 2012 reaching an all-time high in emergences reserves which enabled us to fund a number of urgent Waldo Canyon fire flood mitigation projects as well as critical road repairs needed after an exceptionally tough 2013/2014 winter.  The City team accomplished all this within existing resources and without asking voters for any new taxes.

Mayor Bach is pleased to announce that while the General Fund Budget has increased (three percent higher than for 2014), the percentage of the budget dedicated to salaries has decreased from 55 percent in 2010 to 50 percent for 2015, and the percentage of the budget dedicated to benefits has decreased from 19 percent in 2010 to 17 percent for 2015, despite significant, mandated healthcare cost increases due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Upcoming Important Budget Dates:

Oct. 20 & 21- Budget presentations to Council (all day)

Oct 23- Public input meeting (5-7p)