Mon., Feb. 1, 2010
Lawmakers hear reduced parks budget pitch
Nancy Merrill, state parks director, has begun her first budget presentation to JFAC. Her department's budget request has changed significantly from the one first submitted; now, as a result of a deal announced last week by Merrill and Gov. Butch Otter, it calls for cutting $5.171 million in state general funds out of the Department of Parks and Recreation, a reduction of $8 million in overall funding. The original parks budget request called for a $1.2 million increase in state general funds to parks. Under the revised request, about $1.15 million of that general-fund cut would come from a realignment of the agency's management services, and another $3.5 million from realigning the agency's park operations.