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San Joaquin County to rely less on park trusts, more on collecting the interest

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:50 am, Wed Apr 11, 2012.

San Joaquin County administers six donated trusts dedicated to county park operations, but the Board of Supervisors would like to rely more on the interest collected from the trusts rather than spend the principal.

Supervisors approved a plan on Tuesday to reduce expenditures from the six trusts, but deferred a program to enhance park revenues until next year's budget is adopted in June.

County Parks Administrator Duncan Jones reported that the county has a balance of $4.7 million from the six trusts. They are:

  • Park Donations Trust for Micke Grove Zoo — $1.3 million.
  • Park Endowment Trust from Micke Grove Golf Course revenues — $3.1 million.
  • Micke Grove Construction Trust from Micke Grove Park funding — $177,000.
  • Harmony Grove Endowment Trust (donations for historic Lockeford church) — $9,700.
  • Micke Grove Trust from the estate of William G. Micke — $58,000.
  • Recreation Activity Trust (paddle boat rental at Oak Grove Regional Park) — $34,500.

Jones reported several cost-saving measures due to the retirement of six park and recreation employees in March. The county:

  • Eliminated the parks and recreation director position when Craig Ogata retired and replaced him with a park administrator. Savings: $76,472.
  • Eliminated a park equipment mechanic position. Savings: $78,259.
  • Eliminated a senior park worker and consolidated three maintenance crews into two crews. A promotional exam will be conducted for the park maintenance supervisor position. Savings: $85,222.
  • Eliminated two park worker positions. Savings: $146,308.
  • Deferred filling the zoo and interpretive services manager position for six months. Savings: $49,582.

Jones also recommended increasing parking and facility revenue fees, add a disc golf course and increasing golf course income for the 2012-13 fiscal year, but the Board of Supervisors deferred those measures until it adopts the new county budget in June.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:59 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    What should be questioned here is why SJ County is paying all of these positions exorbitant salaries. All seem to be OVER $70K per year with the last one $100K. What skills does one need to earn that type of money?

    And just what does the "Green Agenda" have to do with this story?

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:26 am on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Glad to see some cost cutting and fiscal responsibility. Now if we can keep it up in good times, and stop jumping on the Green Agenda bandwagon, we might survive!



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