Editor’s note: We have discussed the troubles of Lincoln before — a city that decided to shift into “full growth” gear at the wrong time and the unfortunate fallout. The Bee has a Page 1 report:
“Close to the city of Lincoln’s downtown, Fire Station 33 sits in suspended animation. A gleaming ladder truck parked inside has never seen service. Rows of lockers for firefighters’ gear sit empty,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting this morning.
“The station on McBean Park Drive, which closed in 2010 after only a year of operation, is as good a symbol as any of the fiscal crisis that beset City Hall in this Placer County town. After four years of cutting its staff, slashing expenses and squeezing services, revenues still are falling and there are few signs of recovery anytime soon.
“Bad timing also added to the city’s debt burden. At the height of the population growth, the city decided to jump ahead with several community projects.
“The city commissioned two new fire stations, including Station 33, at a combined cost of $10.6 million. It contracted for the four-story City Hall, at $21.7 million. The idea was that development fees would repay those costs.
The rest of the article is here.
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