I have never been a fan of the County Parks, I think that they now have a real problem. Dooley is a good man in the sense that he is actually finally doing his job, and basically his message is simple. The park system is over-budget, and not just a little, the annual parks system budget is in the 20 million dollar a year category. In my opinion, that is an astronomical amount. Now, current spending has pushed the budget to 28 million, at least 8 million dollars over-budget, and that has been happening for the past couple years.
So let's be realistic, something is gonna get closed or they need to balance the budget. Based on the buearcrats prepensity to grow government, and publics addiction to big government inserting itself in every aspect of our lives, do you really think they will want to actually work to reduce the budget? The answer is no, not on there own, not when someone says spend 20 mil and let them spend 28 mil!
Perhaps we can develop some kind of solutions, I can think of one, start laying off some of the non-essential personnel, start with any new position or department developed within the past 10 years. I am tired of the assistant to the assistant director of the managers assistant to the park system chairman format where somebody is just so overworked they feel the need to expand government. I am also tired of them trying to justify that they need a 20 million dollar annual budget, and then run over by not a couple grand but 8 million, get it together St. Louis County Parks, that is pathetic