Cash-strapped El Paso County is leaning heavily on volunteerism, a trend bound to grow as recession-era budget wranglers continue to cut into services. Sheriff Terry Maketa's Office announced that volunteers logged 91,294 hours last year to save his department $1.2 million. The announcement is especially timely given that El Paso County Seat Colorado Springs, tax-averse and cash-strapped, is making news for beginning to shut down basic services across the board.
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