Budget reductions to be proposed at tonight’s council meeting

Proposed budget reductions for the City of Sacramento’s 2010/11 Fiscal Year will be presented at tonight’s City Council meeting.

The proposed reductions are expected to impact all departments; however, the most noticeable may be the impacts to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Service level impacts to Parks and Recreation include:

  • The elimination of General Fund services for Children (ages 6-12) including summer camps and sports leagues targeted to low income families, while continuing to identify opportunities for youth through non-General Fund programs including START and 4th R licensed childcare.
  • Only the South Natomas, Oak Park, and Pannell Meadowview Centers would remain open based on utilization rates and geographic spread. The utilization of one-time funds to keep nine of 18 facilities open from July 1- October 31, 2010, at current service levels. In July, launch a Request for Information/Request for Proposals process to secure non-profit organizations to lease these facilities for similar public purposes, similar to a process executed by the City of Fresno. Facilities not leased through this process would be utilized for revenue generating activities only (private rentals, fee based programs and classes). Dozens of user groups, including City staff, would need to find other locations to meet. 
  • The schedule and program services at Hart Senior Center in Marshall Park will be reduced by 50%, as will the related staffing.
  • Only three pools –  Doyle Pool in Northgate Park, Clunie Pool in McKinley Park and Pannell Meadowview Pool will remain open based on activity levels and geographic spread.
  • The programs and services the City provides for teens will cutback in program supplies and contractual services.
The City Council meeting begins at 6pm at New City Hall.
If you would like to comment on anything on the agenda but cannot attend the meeting, use the Public eComment feature accessible on any of the council agendas.

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