FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2002
CONTACT: Mark Funkhouser, City Auditor, (816) 513-3300
Audit of community centers released
Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a performance audit report on the Parks and Recreation Department’s Community Centers Division. The audit concludes that operating costs for the department’s 11 community centers exceed the revenue provided from the dedicated funding source and user fees. Community center operations rely on increasing levels of support from the general fund. In fiscal year 2001, general fund contributions exceeded $3.5 million. Vehicle license fees, the source of community centers dedicated revenue, will expire in 2012. Debt service payments to repay construction costs for the new centers will continue until 2014. Unless another funding source is identified, additional general fund support will be needed to replace the dedicated revenue and continue debt service payments.
The audit also concludes that although programs and activities offered by the 11 community centers vary widely, community input on what activities to provide is limited. In addition, goals and objectives for the community centers have not been developed.
The report includes recommendations to plan for the loss of vehicle license fee revenues, obtain community input, and establish measurable goals and objectives for the community centers. Management agreed with the recommendations.