As a follow up to Christine’s note,
The final Commissioner meeting we attended concluded with
a suggestion that our testimony concentrate on Budget alternatives.
The following are bullet point alternative funding items that we have shared with the commissioners and Mayor.
Using these and any other variations of these points may YET convince the Mayor and Commissioners to force
Parks to create alternate proposals to reach their budget cutting goals and NOT close our pool…
● Concentrate on incremental proportionate budget cutting that reduces but does not eliminate programs and facilities. These incremental cuts can be reallocated from year to year and even refunded if greater need or income become available. A closure of Buckman Pool is an elimination of entire program and facility with nothing to ensure its replacement.
● Strategic landscaping cuts, which are rotated on an annual basis through the different parks, could create enough savings to keep Buckman Pool open and do not cause the damage to a community or culture that closing a pool would. For example, 10% additional cuts to park landscaping ($57,467), reduction in maintenance of natural areas & Hoyt Arboretum ($13,000) and reducing irrigation ( $10,400) results in savings of $80,867, MORE THAN ENOUGH TO COVER the estimated $79,634 dollars saved by closing Buckman Pool, and no entire program or facility is cut.
● Closing Buckman Pool saves $79,720 while only 1 management position is being cut at $100,000 savings. There are 50+ upper level managers and none of these positions is being cut even partially, despite there being less for them to do with all the program cuts.
● Create 4, ¾ time administrative positions, (ie. from the list below), from full time creating a savings of $100,000
more than enough to save the pool ($79,720)
SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE PARKS BUDGET:
● There are 9.4 Planning/Corporate Strategy admins (with No cuts) @ $1,126,180 = $119,806 per position (Cut One)
● There are 11 Community Relations admins (with No cuts) @ $1,223,227 = $111,202 per position (Cut One)
● There are 25.9 Administration (with No cuts) @ $3,190,037 = $123,167 per position (Cut One)
● TOTAL of 46.3 staff positions (with No cuts) @ $5,539,444 = $119,642 AVG. per position (Cut One)
● Include non replacement line items for positions vacated or retired and not replaced = This accounting is not included in the Parks budget this year.
accounting for non replacement of positions can offset the Buckman pools cost.
● Share the pain of budget cuts across all facilities, have the smaller facilities (including Buckman Pool) open only 3 days a week, for instance.
Thanks for all your testimony so far. We need your support ONE LAST TIME.
I promise, this is your LAST chance ever to save Buckman Pool. You won't get any more e-mails from me unless it's to announce that the pool is saved.
The mayor’s proposed budget came out last week, and Buckman Pool along with Hillside Community Center and Fulton Community Center are being proposed as ongoing (= permanent) closures.
There are 2 things you can do:
- Attend the Community Budget Hearing, Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Avenue. Sign up to give testimony on Buckman Pool. Please note that they will be drawing testifiers’ names out of a hat, so the more people we have signed up, the better our chances of actually being able to testify. This type of testimony is what saved the pool from closing back in 2005.
- Send another e-mail/letter to Nick Fish, cc the rest of City Council. Here are the addresses:
Sam Adams, Mayor
Commissioner of Finance and Administration
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4120
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-3008
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4682
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4151
What do we say? At this point we don’t want to be our own worst enemies. We want to praise Commissioner Fish for making difficult decisions. We want to encourage him to keep Buckman Pool open as a symbol of a promise to follow through on construction of the wonderful inner Southeast Community Center that could be built under his watch. We want to be confident that he will able to find efficiencies or alternates within the proposed budget to save Buckman Pool
Thanks for all of your efforts!