Are parks worth the price? Janesville council looks at costs, benefits
JANESVILLE--Janesville is known as “Wisconsin’s Park Place,” but some city council members question the cost.
The city boasts more parkland per capita than any other state city.
Councilman DuWayne Severson noted a recent survey shows half the city’s residents would reduce park services to avoid raising taxes. Only 11 percent said they would pay more taxes to maintain services.
Tom Presny, parks director, said Janesville’s parks and open spaces “speaks to and complements our community.”
City Manager Eric Levitt told council members at a recent budget study session he didn’t ask the parks department to make more cuts in 2013 after reductions in previous years.
The city would have to eliminate parkland to squeeze any more from the budget, Levitt said.
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