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.
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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