Budget Cuts Force Vista To Darken Street Lights


Beautiful Downtown Vista, CA

Inquiring minds are shaking their heads after hearing about Vista, CA having to turn off half the street lights to save every penny possible:

To trim $9 million from their budget, Vista officials say they will shut off half of the city’s residential street lights in March unless property owners agree to pay higher lighting fees.

Fees could cost residents of the north San Diego County city between $4 and $20 a year.

For those cold-hearted souls who think that the city could probably find other places to cut…don’t have to look far. Like the next paragraph!

In turn, Vista residents complained about bright lights at the new City Hall.

City spokeswoman Andrea McCullough tells the North County Times that lights in the park behind the building have been shut off and lights in front of the Civic Center have been dimmed.

Inside the building, she says lights are being dimmed at 7 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

Most lights are energy-efficient so dimming them won’t save much, but McCullough says residents will at least know the city is doing its part.

Don’t you just love that…dimming a few lights is all the city can do. Want to bet it wouldn’t be hard to find just a few municipal workers that could be laid off?

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