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10 COLORADO CITIES BELLY UP TO THE FEDERAL TROUGH

Dec 19th, 2008
10 COLORADO CITIES ASK FEDS FOR ROUGHLY $2.25 BILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING


CompleteColorado.com can report that 10 Colorado municipalities have recently requested roughly $2.25 billion dollars in "Main Street economic recovery" programs. Most of the programs deal with infrastructure development, but some requests go far beyond that. For example, the city of Boulder has requested $6 million dollars to retrofit 60 cars in the city, county, and University of Colorado fleet.

CNN originally reported that the "United States Conference of Mayors" asked the Federal government for a grand total $73.2 billion in new funds, but critics say many of the requested projects are nothing but pork.

Interesting notes about the funding requests made by the Colorado municipalities:

  • The city of Boulder asked for $6 million to "...[p]rovide funding to convert 60 hybrid electric vehicles to Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles with Vehicle to Grid technology. The cars are part of the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and the University of Colorado fleets." The retrofit of each vehicle, therefore, would cost $100-thousand dollars a piece.

    The city of Denver requested $341 million dollars in projects.

  • But not to be out done by the city of Denver, Thornton asked for $487 million in funding for 38 projects.

  • "Conservative" Colorado Springs topped the list of funding requests, asking for just over $1.25 billion federal dollars. That dollar figure by Colorado Springs represents over half of the entire amount requested by all 10 cities combined.

    To see the funding request list for each city, use the following links:

  • ARVADA

  • AURORA

  • BOULDER

  • COLORADO SPRINGS

  • DENVER

  • ENGLEWOOD

  • GREELEY

  • LAKEWOOD

  • MERINO

  • THORNTON

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