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?

Kathie Tovo

City Council, District 9

I have stood up for increasing our investment in our parks, pools, and
community assets – and for establishing dedicated and ongoing funding
These efforts have included:
• Establish a dedicated source of funding for maintaining and improving our
historic cultural assets through Hotel Occupancy Taxes, which will provide
over $11 million next year alone to cultural sites.
• Approving a budget this year that includes recycling in every City park as
well as a significant increase in addressing deferred maintenance for our
parks assets.
• Resisting an effort to focus on pool closures through our Aquatics Master
Plan and instead re-focusing the City on making important investments in
maintaining our pools.
• Adopting a 2012 bond to invest nearly $78 million in our parks, recreation
centers, and cemeteries.
• Placing a 2018 bond on the ballot to invest $149 million in our parks and
• Increasing PARD’s budget by more than $13 million over the least three
budget cycles alone.
• Establishing a consistent investment of $115,000 every year for providing
lighting at City parks.

I look forward to continuing to work with our private parks partners to
increase our parks funding and to explore opportunities for stable, ongoing
revenue sources.