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Recreation Authority begins FY15 budget process

August 18, 2014--1:41 p.m.

By David Crowder

It’s budget time again for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.

In the weeks ahead, officials will be coming up with a draft to present to the Floyd County Commission in October.

Recreation director Richard Garland said, “We evaluate all of our fee structures and determine where we need to be as far as what our rental rates or what our activity rates are for our sports programs and for enrichment programs. It’s just that process that we go through every year of evaluating everything and determine where we are going to be.”

Garland said they are anticipating losing rental revenue from Berry College, once their new football stadium is completed.

Also during Monday’s Recreation Authority Board meeting, a decision was made regarding personnel that will save 7 to 9-thousand dollars a year.

Brian McGraw, who was their construction manager, passed away this past month. Garland said they made a decision to freeze that position and not hire a replacement then unfreeze a lower salary level position.

Garland also told the board Monday that the Recreation Task Force is expected to visit Troup County and Carroll County in September.

The task force wants to visit communities with similar recreation arrangements and/or population sizes to get ideas, as they seek to come up with a new recreation agreement between Rome and Floyd County.