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5/16/2013 2:24:00 PM
City works to balance costs and expenses at Recreation Center
Cottonwood Community Services Manager Richard Faust
Cottonwood Community Services Manager Richard Faust

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


The Cottonwood City Council has pared back the costs of staffing the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department as the first prong in a strategy to improve the "cost recovery" of the Cottonwood Recreation Center.

Community Services Manager Richard Faust says that cost recovery has gone down over a three-year period.

Recently, the cost recovery has teetered at about 40 percent, but the city wants to see that climb to near 70 percent. In addition to cutting the salary burden, the center proposes to gradually cut back the number of discounts offered and to increase fees.

During a recent council meeting, Faust recalled that consultants worried about Cottonwood's structuring membership fees below what the consultants had recommended. He said the center has maintained about 4,000 members.

With the resignation of Jason Little as Recreation Manager, Faust recommended the supervisory positions within the department be restructured by eliminating that Recreation Manager post and boosting responsibilities in two lesser posts while also adding a low level coordinator post. He told the council that while the recreation manager's position was budgeted for Range 29 ($63,853 to $94,095), recent applicants for that post wanted between $75,000 and $78,000.

The two other supervisory posts of Aquatics Center Supervisor and Recreation Center Supervisor would both be re-titled Recreation Services Supervisor, though one would be responsible for Aquatics/Sports and special events and the second for Recreation Center Operations, both shouldering responsibilities of the former recreation manager position. The positions are now paid in the range of $45,000-$46,000 annually. Faust recommended those two positions be supplemented by $8,000 each per year to accommodate their additional duties.

In addition, a new position of Recreation Coordinator II would be created with a starting salary of $33,862 to $49,901 within the context of Outdoor Recreation, Special Events and Sports programming.

The changes are estimated to return an estimated $90,000 to the operation.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: AZ GIRL

No more discounts. Making lesser positions take on additional responsibility. All while adding in a 'play center' in the pool that not only will cost money, but be a serious safety concern as well (talk to a lifeguard). And the Rec Center goes downhill. It is dirty and the lifeguards are very understaffed. I have been a member since the day the Rec Center opened. No more.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: You don't always get what you want...

"He told the council that while the recreation manager's position was budgeted for Range 29 ($63,853 to $94,095), recent applicants for that post wanted between $75,000 and $78,000."

What you want is not always what you get. There are plenty of unemployed qualified applicants out there that would jump at the chance to get this job at $63,000. If applicants want more $$$ then they best apply elsewhere.



Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater Observes...

"...Just when you thought your vote may count
for something..."

By Arizona state law your vote does not count
for anything! You see there is no true count.
Not even our election officials can verify the
true/pure count of all our votes.

Lets hope that our gov (city, county, state, fed)
give us back our true/pure vote count...the
constitution and our rights demand it.

Thanks and Good Luck
Frank Henry
e-mail: fmhenry4@netzero.com


Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: No brainer here

Going in the crazy wrong direction here, decreasing discounts and raising fees. OMG. Please no. Make it affordable for EVERYONE, and you'll find your returns skyrocketing. Hike the fees, and you'll find yourselves deeper in the red than you can imagine. Pretty simple, but can the CRC comprehend? I wonder.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Tax payers are FOOLS.City gov are very smart and keep the good old boys and girls in a job.Thats the way it is and will always be.
Just Sayin.Just when you thought your vote may
count for something.Now that's funny.Sit back
shut up and enjoy the hosing.


Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Looks like somebody- -

Has a case of the Modays... on a Friday.

City saves $90,000.00 per year... get's a rhetorical kick to the groin.

So much for positive reinforcement?

If everything the city does is seen as evil what incentive is there to even try?


Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Paying for the bureaucratic elite

The salaries quoted here show just out of whack Cottonwood's bureaucracy has become.

Even lower level managers make close to 6 figures, plus State retirement which is a taxpayer-guaranteed lifetime payout unavailable to most of us.

Meanwhile, two out of three single moms in Cottonwood suffer in poverty. The median household income of Cottonwood residents is a third less than the Statewide average. The overall poverty rate in Cottonwood is in excess of 22%.

We are becoming a city of mostly poor people who are taxed excessively to pay for a small but relatively rich bureaucratic class of elites.

The city is rich. The people are poor.




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