Cash-Strapped City to Go Dark

By R. Stickney and May Tjoa
|  Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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Cash-Strapped City to Go Dark

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Vista will go dark to save money.

The city council voted Tuesday night to turn off half its residential lights by March 13, 2011.

The cut would save the city about $230,000 a year.

Every other residential light will be turned off. Lights on major streets will stay on.

However, if enough residents sign a petition, the city will turn all the lights back on by June 30, 2011. That petition would then be placed on the ballot in 2012.

The city of Vista is trying to find ways to save money. Its sales tax revenue has decreased more than 18-percent in the last three years.

"We're not only revenue conscious, but we're also safety conscious as well," said Vista Mayor Morrice Vance. "There's times when you know if you don't have the money to pay for it, you have to do certain things."

The city council also talked about an option to keeping all the lights on. Residents and business owners would have to agree to pay between $4 and $20 extra a month.

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