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Lodi’s Parks Department stuck between a rock and a hard place on budget

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:14 am, Wed Nov 30, 2011.

The Lodi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is at a crossroads.

The department’s expenditures have exceeded its revenue by at least $300,000 during both of the last two years.

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5 comments:

  • roy bitz posted at 10:51 pm on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 500

    Don't get me wrong. I love HSS. I just wonder how much of the burden of this facility should be charged to Parks and Rec.
    I only pose the question as to how neighboring communities fund such venues because our city council often uses this measure when evaluating items of this nature.
    What percentage of area city's general fund goes to fund parks and recration?
    I sense the council dumped this "beautiful but costly" entity on Parks and Recreation.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 9:37 pm on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Roy asks, "I also wonder if venues such as Hutchins Street Square in other area cities are funded by their parks and recreation departments."

    Well, there is the difficult question. First, let us breakdown HSS. It features both Arts/Entertainment & Recreation/Leisure activites. Please recall that up until a few years ago that HSS and Parks&Rec were TWO distinct departments. Does any city REALLY have such a facility the QUALITY of HSS? A top notch theatre with professional stage lighting & sound, banquet facilities, art classrooms, child care, senior care, and an aquatics center focused on adult & senior activities. That answer would be NO. HSS is unique. That is why so many cities up & down the valley have come to tour our gem.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 9:30 pm on Wed, Nov 30, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 500

    correction---about 2% of the city's general fund goes to Parks and Rec.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 9:28 pm on Wed, Nov 30, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 500

    According to this article Parks and Rec gets about 2% of it's annual funding from the city general fund. I wonder if this percentage is in line with other area cities allocations.
    I also wonder if venues such as Hutchins Street Square in other area cities are funded by their parks and recreation departments.

     
  • Bob DiRocco posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Nov 30, 2011.

    Bobinmodesto Posts: 1

    Do whatever it takes to save the senior aquatics programs!! This is one of the features Lodi offers that is a primary deciding factor for me in considering Lodi to be my permanant future home while looking in recent years. This is a gem that few cities have to offer for active seniors such as myself who wish to stay that way, and need something between the extremes of a health club and physical therapy. These programs keep us "in-betweens" active, and in no way compete with the private sector, but make Lodi unique and attractive.

     
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