Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Parkway Funding Cuts

Continuing a trend that has been going on for several years, the County is preparing to cut more funds from Parkway public safety and maintenance,as reported by the Rancho Cordova Post.

While lobbying to protect the Parkway related programs being cut—a strategy other Parkway advocacy groups are trying—may have some impact in the short-term, the best long-term strategy has been evident for years.

Based on how other signature parks have developed a stable funding source, the heart of that strategy must be philanthropy and nonprofit management, which we noted in a recent press release, and in a letter published in the Sacramento Bee and posted—with related links—in an earlier post.

An excerpt from the Rancho Cordova Post article.

“The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move forward on issuing nearly 1,000 layoff notices to county employees on Tuesday, and more cuts to county programs are under consideration as the board looks to close a $181 million budget gap.

“Of the 953 positions facing the chopping block, 747 are currently filled; coupled with the county’s 748-person workforce reduction for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the county’s workforce has been whittled down by over 1,700 jobs in the last year.

“More cuts are on the horizon to county programs as well. The county’s budget office released recommendations to the board in April that recommended cutting services across the board. Included in these reductions were $25 million in cuts to the probation department, over $2 million in cuts to patrolling and maintenance of the American River Parkway and a $54 million cut to the Sheriff’s Department.”