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Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778
This spring, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by more than six percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.
For Big South Fork NRRA, this amounts to a quarter of a million dollars reduction from the operating budget. The park has already cut travel, training, overtime, and supply purchases as well as reduced the number of seasonal and permanent employee positions to meet the required spending reduction. Closing the Bandy Creek pool for the summer of 2103 is one of the major actions being taken to implement the cut.
As staff take the actions necessary to comply with sequestration, the park remains open, welcoming visitors and protecting the resources. The park is also evaluating ways to possibly open the pool for the 2014 season.