Austin’s parks department has yet to spend nearly $7 million of $16 million in fees it has collected from developers since 1985 to build or renovate Austin parks, city auditors have found.
Parks officials also calculated some of the fees incorrectly, and have created no website or transparent bookkeeping that would allow developers or the public to track whether and how the money is spent, the audit says.
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Developers pay parks fees when they build residential projects. Those fees must be spent in the same geographic area as the new development. The largest amounts of fee money that have yet to be spent citywide are:
Northwest Austin: $1.8 million
Southwest Austin: $1.6 million
Southeast Austin: $1.1 million