Why can’t we recover 100% of our operating costs like a for-profit business would?

The simple answer is because the Parks & Recreation Department is not a for-profit agency. As an arm of local government, it is expected that we do not turn away families or children in need and that we utilize our facilities in partnership with other public agencies to best serve taxpayers. Ensuring school students have space for theater activities or the Silver Center has space to convene, or high school swim teams’ needs are met are just a few of the expectations placed on our parks and recreation facilities.

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1. Don’t my property taxes pay for Liberty’s parks?
2. How responsible is the department with tax dollars?
3. Why can’t we recover 100% of our operating costs like a for-profit business would?
4. What kinds of opportunities do we subsidize outside of our community partnerships?
5. Can’t we get grants to help offset costs?
6. The City of Liberty just passed a Use Tax, part of which is dedicated to Liberty Parks & Rec projects. Why should I support the Foundation’s Annual Campaign?
7. How has the Liberty Foundation used the donations received in the past?