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City Parks To Cut $2.5 Million From Already Bare Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jim Combs is the Director of Sacramento's Parks and Recreation Department.  He says maintenance staff has already been reduced to one person crews, so the cuts will have to come from somewhere else. 

"We're probably at some of the lowest levels of maintenance that we can go to.  You know it's pretty severe already. We don't expect it to decline further but it's just not acceptable where it's at." 

The department has also closed more than half of the city's 13 pools.  Next year, only three pools will be open.  Combs says his budget proposal isn't a scare tactic, but a reality. 
"There's not a lot of other options here.  One time money's are not available.  So we're expecting to live with the budget we're proposing."
Combs says he has seen a silver lining though as his budget dwindles each year.  He says his department is being overwhelmed with people volunteering to maintain their local park. 
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