Columbia Parks and Recreation Budget Should Increase

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Thursday night and discuss its projected budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The city manager's office released its projected budget on Monday and allotted more than 20 million dollars to parks and recreation. Last year parks and recreation's budget was about 18.1 million dollars.

Assistant Columbia City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the budget will increase because of the park sales tax passed last Novembver. Voters approved the measure to extend the 1/8 cent of sales tax with 64.4 percent voting in favor of the measure.