Hours Cut at St. Tammany Recreational Facilities as Parish Officials Continue Budget Modifications
As summer winds down, and school is back in session, the hours at two, Parish-owned and operated recreational facilities will be reduced beginning Sunday August 20, 2017, as Parish officials continue to hammer out a balanced budget as required by the St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter.
“We are currently assessing all areas of spending as we adjust to the anticipated loss of revenue from the razor-thin failure of two critical sales tax renewals last April,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This significant funding loss, an $18 million shortfall, will result in budget cuts across Parish government, as our Parish Home Rule Charter requires a balanced budget. We have state-mandated obligations that we must meet and though we are doing everything possible to preserve all the services our residents enjoy, certain areas, such as recreation, may be in serious jeopardy for the foreseeable future.”
Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.
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