Guilford Co. wants full control of parks

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s a tight budget year for North Carolina and Guilford County but commissioners  have an idea of how to save some much needed funds in the upcoming budget.

Guilford County Commissioners approved a plan last Thursday to take full control of their seven parks.

For years the county has contracted Jamestown, Burlington, Gibsonville, Forsyth County, and Greensboro to provide staffing which is contracted yearly and ends every fiscal year.

Guilford County pays for equipment and maintenance, while the cities hire the people to do the work. Gibsonville could lose close to $39,000, Jamestown $18,000 and Greensboro $148,000 from their upcoming budgets.

Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Colman says the move is all about being frugal.

“As we cut, they’ll have to cut,” Coleman said.

The Commissioners have 60 days to come up with a plan on how they will manage the parks.

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