Park funding cut in Merced

June 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dozens of people filled Merced City Council Chambers Monday, asking city leaders to make children a priority in the next budget and restore funding to the city's parks and recreation department. After nearly two hours of public comment and discussion, council members approved a 2012-2013 budget, but it still amounted to about a 20 percent cut to the department.