A Survey of Fiscal Conditions in SmallTown Public Recreation Departments from 1987 to 1991

Authors

  • Ellen Weissinger
  • William D. Murphy

Keywords:

Small towns, budget cuts, revenue sources, grants, bonds

Abstract

A survey of 60 small-town public recreation departments from ten Western and Midwestern U.S. states was conducted to investigate fiscal conditions during the five-year period 1987-1991. Twenty-three towns reported budget reductions in at least one of the five years. Increasing fees, increasing the use of volunteers, and postponing spending were the most common methods for managing cuts. Bond issues increased during the fiveyear period, as did the number of public and private grant applications. Results were interpreted as indicating better than expected fiscal health in small-town departments.

Published

1993-07-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers