Budgetary and Administrative Impacts of Tax-Limiting Legislation on Municipal Recreation and Park Departments


  • Lawrence R. Klar, Jr
  • Chris Rodman


management strategies, municipal recreation and park services, Proposition 2.5, Proposition !3, tax-limiting legislation.


This study reports on selected effects of tax-limiting legislation on recreation/park services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A survey administered to a random sample of leisure service administrators found that cities were more severely affected than towns, although differences were not statistically significant. Negative outcomes included perceived reductions in employee morale, a perception among directors that fewer leisure service opportunities exist for lower income residents, losses in personnel and less satisfaction among directors with agencies' abilities to provide opportunities for leisure services in respondent communities. Shifts in management strategies were presented as were strategies believed to the most effective for coping with adverse economic conditions.?





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