ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Parks Department could face major budget changes over the next two years. The Parks Commission is reviewing a proposal that would cut the amount of funding parks receive from property taxes.
It would also require the department to give half of their leftover capital at year end to the city’s general fund. In return, the city would support the parks’ current spending levels for two years. Officials say there will be no impact to service in those first two years, but long-term funding is up in the air.
“We’re dealing with two years; hence for the really big changes and for a lot of people two years is a lifetime away,” says Ashland Parks Director, Don Robertson. “They just don’t quite understand or see the immediacy of it.”
Last year the Parks Department spent a total of nearly $5.5 million on maintenance and upkeep. The Parks Commissions meets to discuss the proposal on May 20th.