Colorado: Canceled events, casino closures hit Cripple Creek finances Alasyn Zimmerman, KOAA.com · July 29, 2020 at 8:10 pm Local governments all across the country are being hit hard by the pandemic. Between stay at home orders and other restrictions since March, it’s resulted in a loss of revenue across the board. For a casino town like Cripple Creek in Teller County, the three-month-long closure of its casinos is just one part of the equation when it comes to losing money. “The town was virtually a ghost town while the casinos closed,” Paul Harris, Finance Dir. for the City of Cripple Creek said, “so sales tax, lodging tax, all your ancillary type revenue sources also went down.” The largest revenue source for the city, gaming device fees, were waived during the casino closures. Something that cost the city $762,000.