June 30, 2014
By: Chris Gros
Tallahassee, FL – Leon County is trying to find shade under $883,800 of renovations to Cascades Park.
Faced with a surplus of funds, Leon County commissioners decided they would add improvements to the park. It didn’t take long for county commissioners to approve of the renovations.Today’s commission meeting lasted less than half an hour. But it’s the cost that has some citizens turning their heads.
“Today’s efforts to take up moneys that were underrun not a cost overrun but an underrun to combine those sources and to go back and to clean up some of the measures which were priorities we did not address before,” said Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor.
Those priorities include shade structures, improvements to the amphitheater and additional parking.
Blueprint 2000, an intergovernmental agency, says it will start by using a surplus fund of $417,772 from a previous engineering contract. The remaining $466,028 will be transferred from Blueprint 2000′s un-allocated project funds. That totals up to $883,800.
One Leon County Resident wonders why the expansion is needed.
“We just spent all this money on this one and I don’t think it is in desperate need of anything else right now. It should have been done from the get go you know you’re already out here constructing on it you should have just finished it before you opened the park up the public anyway,” said Erin Pottorff
County officials insist this will come at no extra cost to taxpayers.
“No this is not additional money this is money that was left from an engineering group and another is a transfer of monies that were unspent from last year so combining these two monies that were remaining there is no additional engagement of money,” said Proctor.
The county commission had two options to fund these priority items. The other proposal would have capped spending at $500,000.