Parks And Rec Funding Sparks Debate With Shawnee Co. Commission

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County Commissioners continue talking over how to slash their budget. Whether those cuts should target parks and recreation sparked debate Thursday.

The commission is considering reducing the Parks and Rec department's budget by 10 percent.

Commissioner Kevin Cook argued the department makes up more than 16 percent of Shawnee County's total budget. He compared that to Sedgewick County, which he says spends three percent of its budget on parks and rec.

Opponents of the proposed cuts say scaling back the money for parks and rec would hurt the community. Jim Ogle, who serves on the Parks and Rec Advisory Board, was among those to tell the commission the value the community gets for its parks and rec dollars.

Ogle is general manager of WIBW-TV.

Cook says the 2014 budget hearings are just a starting point for a conversation of what ultimately will be included in the budget.


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