Budget Forces Changes at Fresno County Parks

February 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Supervisors are changing things at Fresno County Parks to deal with budget issues.The board voted to reduce the parks season by two months and change employees' work weeks to four days.

Also new, will be a park fee "honor system" and a potential fine for those who don't pay.

Several board members agreed charging admission during special events might also be necessary to help recover lost revenue.

Some residents said increased fees are a better option than closing the parks all together.

"I appreciate the sentiment you guys are putting out keeping the parks open. I think it's very important. I here to say we need to keep it open with county employees. Laying off more employees hurts the economy," said Fresno County resident Doug O'Deena.

Supervisors said they will continue to look for ways to make the parks cost efficient.


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