Kern County departments facing budget cuts, Parks and Recreation fears the worst

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - As the Kern County Board of Supervisors face potential budget cuts this summer, several county departments are afraid for the worst, including the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department.

The department faces a 5 percent cut, equaling out to more than $600,000.

“That would be very significant to our department,” Bob Larude, director for Kern County Parks and Recreation, said.

This isn’t the first time the department has been faced with major cuts.

“A few years ago we went through three years of cutbacks and actually got into personnel,” Larude said.

Equipment like lawn mowers and tree trucks would be too expensive to fix or replace and staff members could  face layoffs.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a budget meeting this week to discuss the upcoming fiscal year.

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