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?

Vincent Harding

City Council, District 1

With the Texas Legislature not paying for public education, it puts pressure
on every local entity as it relates to local needs. One thing I have
repeatedly spoken about is looking for ways to move some police
department functions out of the police department to other areas; this could
provide some savings. These savings could help to address some of the
many needs the City has. Additionally, as new development comes on the
tax rolls, there will be other opportunities to help with some of the needs.