Some cities are struggling to find ways to balance their budgets without cutting services. But Grand Junction Mayor Gregg Palmer says it's a different story here. Because of the strong growth, revenues are up and we should not see any cuts.
"We understood the prices were going to go up. We had budgeted some increase, it's been more than what we thought it was going to be, but we haven't had to lay anybody off or cut back any services,” says Palmer
At four dollars a gallon, Palmer says the city spends about $675 thousand on gas a year. He says, to relieve some of the budget crunch, the city also bought three flex-fuel cars to help lower gas costs.