Not for nothing but you forgot to mention Roc City Roller Derby is also involved..
At our request, the city's spokesperson, Gary Walker, sent us this response to Alex White's comment:
I would advise Mr. White to watch the budget address on City 12 or to read it on line on the City’s website. The difference is the sun-setting of grant funded programs, that often saw DRYS as just a pass through to other organizations. (i.e. Teen Pregnancy, etc)
A simple call to this office would have cleared the matter up – would that it be a goal of his to clear the misconception up.
Here’ is the Mayor’s text from his budget address:
This year the City is making a significant investment in the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. While the overall DRYS budget is smaller than last year’s that is due to the decrease in grant funds in the amount of $738,700. However, the City investment in DRYS will increase by $437,200. These additional investments include:
· Additional Pathways to Peace staffing;
· The re-development of an after-school program at Edgerton;
· A new after-school program at School 17.
So the actual City supported investment is DRYS is $437,000.
Like many I was excited to hear increased finding for recreation and youth services as this has been shown to reduce crime, increase school results, and build neighborhoods. Unfortunately the budget decreases funding for the department not increases it as reported. On page 61 of the 2013-2014 budget it clearly shows
2012-13 2013-14 Variance Percent
Recreation & Youth Services 11,416,100 11,114,600 -301,500 -2.6
Which is s decrease in funding for recreation. Meanwhile registration and use are both up 15%! Spray park attendance, beach attendance, and pool use are all up. The need for services like summer food, after school academy, and pregnancy services to youths are not decreasing.
Over the past 7 years the department has been trimmed dramatically. There has been closure of programs, cuts in staff at the remaining programs and reduction is services provided. This year seems more the same and cuts to recreation and youth services will never be part of a plan to improve our city.
Typo: the URL should be www.rocpridegames.com .
Squandering taxpayer money. Andy needs to pay a visit and clean house!
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