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tion for critical public health challenges.
This view will grow even
stronger
as
parks and recreation
broadens its mission to serve as community
wellness hubs that connect
every community member to essential
programs, services and spaces
that improve health outcomes and
enhance the quality of life.
The Key Is Acquiring
Designated Revenue
Streams
To further deliver on its mission,
park and recreation agencies must
diversify their funding model. Dr.
Crompton posits that park and
recreation's reliance on general tax
fund revenue will become even more
challenging in the years to come, as
growing populations and an inability
(or unwillingness) to raise taxes
will stress local government finances
further. " We are not going to
compete in the future in the general
fund and, as this becomes more pernicious,
we will be squeezed more
and more. The key is independent
revenue funds, " he says.
According to Dr. Crompton, the
key to this is park and recreation
leaders gaining greater clarity of
the cost of providing services to the
community. " You can't make any
sensible decision unless you have in
place a real cost accounting system. "
A firmer grasp of costs helps agency
directors and local policymakers
make informed decisions on potential
new programming and services.
Dr. Crompton notes that a cost accounting
system would help park and
recreation agencies potentially operate
some or all of their operations as
an enterprise fund, where the agency
generates and owns the revenue to
fund operations. Informed pricing for
programming and services could lead
to a reduced reliance (but not eliminate)
on tax dollars to fund expanded
services - especially since, as he
notes, many local governments' funding
models can be regressive (e.g.,
property and sales taxes). To ensure
income is not a barrier to accessing
park and recreation programming,
agencies can use scholarships and
graduated pricing mechanisms to ensure
that all residents of a community
may access the program.
Kevin Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Research,
Evaluation and Technology (kroth@nrpa.org).
Creating
Equity-Based System
Master Plans
NRPA's online tool can help you
create master plans grounded in
equity and inclusion.
nrpa.org/ParkMasterPlanning
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