Warren County Parks and Rec Facing Serious Budget Cuts

After a tax increase was voted down last month all Warren County Departments now have to cut at least 10 percent from their budgets.

I've done everything that I know how to do, that we know how to do to make the numbers work," says Chris Kummer, Parks and Recreation Director.

Warren County Parks and Recreation, along with all other county departments, are facing a ten percent budget cut.

These cuts could mean the general public will no longer be able to use the warren county aquatics facility among other Parks and Rec properties.

For Kristen McGinnis, who has back injuries, taking away the indoor pool means taking away the only way she is able to exercise.

"If I were to run, which I am not physically able to do, out at Filmore Park, and Filmore Park was closed, I could go run at Buchanon Park. I can't do that, I cannot swim anywhere else if this facility is closed to the public," McGinnis says.

Kummer says today's strong show of public support for the aquatics facility will keep it open, at least temporarily.

"By them showing up at least there's another two or three weeks of operation for the pool that maybe wouldn't have been there if they hadn't have been here," he says.

The budget cuts throughout all county departments comes after the fiscal court declined to increase an insurance premium tax and property tax last month.

"We voted to not increase the revenue at the time so that was making it difficult to provide for emergency services and public protection," says Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon.

Now, Parks and Recreation has a difficult reality.

Kummer says if the Aquatic Facility doesn't close to the public, it will be something else.

"Parks and Rec will meet with the Warren County Fiscal Court again next Thursday to determine the fate of the Aquatic Facility.


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