Local Parks Funding: Preliminary Increase in the Senate

The appropriations process is ever-changing, and nothing is final until the budget passes. That being said, early indications from the Senate Finance Committee show that local parks may receive $15 million more than originally proposed in S.B. 1, the Senate’s version of the budget.  (S.B. 1 as filed proposed spending $868,960 for the 2014-2015 biennium.)  

The House Appropriations Committee has considered the budget for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department but has not decided whether to increase local parks grants over what has been recommended in the filed version of H.B. 1 ($868,960).

City officials interested in increased local parks funding should contact the members of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article VI, which is considering local parks funding.  Here is a link to those committee members:
http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=014&session=83

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