ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis county parks department is projecting a $500,000 budget short fall next year.

That is still not enough to force park closures, but could result in facility cutbacks and layoffs. It come as a result of an edict from the county executive that the department not rely on general revenue but rely on its own taxes.

Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger says “I think its a mistake. I think the residents will suffer. Our parks department has been hit very hard last year and they’re basically proposing to hit it hard again this year.”

Parks Director Tom Ott says the situation gets millions of dollars worse each year. “We’re being allowed to spend our reserves in 2013 and that’s not going to be there for 2014.”

Ott believes the only hope at this point is passage of Proposition P, the sales tax for the Arch grounds that would also found county parks.


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