Friday, August 19, 2011

Denver POST: Gritty Commerce City laughing all the way to the bank

By Lynn Bartels, The Denver Post

COMMERCE CITY — Coloradans poked fun at this gritty industrial town for more than half a century, but look who's laughing now.

Colorado Springs turned off a third of its streetlights to help cope with a budget crisis. Not Commerce City, which not only has kept the lights on but also paid to put them on roads where the state couldn't afford to.

Denver raised rec center fees and abolished vacant positions and still faces a $25 million shortfall. Not Commerce City, which has $12.2 million in reserves — $11 million more than required by law. full story click here...

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