LTE: Orono Parks not funded by tax revenue

To the editor,

There seems to be some confusion among some members of the public about the source of funding for several recent improvements to Orono parks, including the establishment of the Lurton Dog Park. Funds for capital improvements have come from the city’s Park Dedication Fund, which results from fees collected when land is subdivided, not from tax revenue. These park funds are established by state statute (MN 462.358) and cannot by law be used for any other purpose including park maintenance, road maintenance or other budget items. The Park Commission advises the council on potential uses for these funds based on perceived interest and public use. As a result the commission welcomes new ideas for further capital improvement or acquisitions that would increase opportunities for enjoying beaches, active parks, trails, and nature areas in the City of Orono.

Rick Meyers, Orono Parks Commission Chair
Members of the Orono Park Commission:
Jan Berg, Brenda Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Brian Roath, Julie Ruegemer, Natalie Williams