The Austin American-Statesman’s June 23rd editorial discusses a recent city audit that discovered $6.7 million in unspent fees paid by developers for use in the acquisition of park land or for park improvements. The Statesman pointed out that these funds were not being tracked properly or expended on needed projects promptly.
The Statesman called for hiring additional planning and development staff at the Austin Parks Department to get these funds moving quicker to support badly needed projects. The editorial pointed out that the parks budget is a “prime target for cuts during hard times and sure could use the money.” Amen brother.
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
Craig is founder of the Pease Park Conservancy. Siff is founder of the budding Shoal Creek Conservancy.To see the Trust for Public Lands report go to www.parkscore.tpl.org