POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 11:54am
Longview, TX — The 2011 drought is wreaking havoc on the city of Longview’s pocketbook — and its landscape.
Since Oct. 1, the City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department has spent $89,920 to remove 638 dead trees from parks, walking trails, cemeteries and other public property, said Laura Hill, director of community services.
“We have spent 220 percent over what is usually used annually to remove dead trees,” Hill said.
She said there is no way to know how much more money the Parks and Recreation Department will have to spend on dead-tree removal; but, she said the department is prioritizing cases to make sure no one is injured and no property is damaged.
The removals also are prioritized based on the city budget.
Parks and Recreation’s 2011-12 general operating fund is $6.047 million. A line item set up $94,268 to take care of trees and trash bins, according to Hill.
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