The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department faces $125 million in deferred maintenance each year, ranging from playground maintenance and aquatics needs to mowing and servicing trash and recycling receptacles. What would be your strategy for addressing this need?

Jessica Cohen

City Council, District 3

This is a problem I see happening over and over again. Everyone wants
the parks to be there and loves to use them until they find out they actually
have to pay for them with increased taxes. Currently, transportation,
infrastructure, and affordable housing are such high priorities that it seems
that parks are being left out. We need to make sure an appropriate part of
the budget is reserved so that our parks and park facilities don’t fall into
disrepair. Having spent the majority of my youth working at city pools, I
know exactly how important they are, who uses them, and why. I plan to
work towards ensuring the Parks Department has the funds they need.