Tuscaloosa Budget Cuts Could Result in Park Closures and Over 100 Job Losses for PARA
The Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority is urging the community to show their support in the face of looming budget cuts from the City of Tuscaloosa.
The novel Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a major loss of revenue for the agency which maintains parks and recreation facilities in Tuscaloosa and Northport. The City of Tuscaloosa has also felt the impact of COVID-19, and Mayor Walt Maddox has proposed a 38% cut in funding to PARA to reduce the City's operating costs.
PARA posted a call to action Thursday, as the proposed budget cuts would have a tremendous and detrimental impact on the agency and its employees. Several facilities would be closed and the agency would have to reduce its fitness classes and community programs, security at facilities, facility maintenance, and operating hours.
Several full time positions would be eliminated and over 100 part-time employees would also lose their jobs.
PARA is asking residents to contact their city representatives to express support for the agency and the work it does in Tuscaloosa and Northport and to take a usage survey which can be viewed HERE.
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