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An agency cutting fees? Inconceivable!

from The Tampa Tribune

Just in time for summer vacation, Tampa, Fla., Mayor Bob Buckhorn has proposed reducing the cost of using the city's parks and recreation programs. Former Mayor Pam Iorio raised park fees to help balance the city's budget just as the economy soured. That decision added $1 million to the parks budget, but it also priced thousands of people out of the park system. Despite facing his own $30 million budget deficit, Buckhorn says lowering fees will increase park revenues by encouraging more people — particularly children looking for after-school and summer programs — to use them. more

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