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County wants parks pact with city revised

first_imgClark County has informed the city of Vancouver that a joint agreement on parks and recreation operations must be reached within six months, or the county will consider going it alone.Under the current deal between the county and city, the county sends $880,000 each year to the city-run department. While considered a joint department, the county essentially purchases services such as administration and planning from the city to help operate its parks and recreation programs.Clark County commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, both Republicans, have long considered a new deal to reduce the amount of services it purchases from the city.They’ve also said they hope to see drastic savings in a new deal.Commissioner Steve Stuart, a Democrat, has tentatively agreed in principle. But he’s also concerned about the city’s reaction to a declaration that the county may terminate the contract.On Wednesday, as commissioners discussed final steps before sending the official notice, Stuart said he worried that ending the joint department will put the county’s general fund at risk. Going it alone may be more costly, he said.last_img read more

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