Parks Can Stay Open with Savings
Alabama’s state parks are $11 million short and threatening to close 15 parks. But new State Auditor Jim Zeigler says park closures can be avoided with $13 million in savings in government operations. Zeigler announced his plan, “Save Our Park with Savings,” in a speech to the Rotary Club in Tuscaloosa today. Zeigler is proposing that the auditing of state agencies be privatized and done by private CPA firms. That would eliminate the Examiners of Public Accounts and its annual budget. By applying that savings to state parks, no closings would be necessary – all done without a tax increase. Zeigler says the plan would provide more timely audits while saving millions a year. The plan will have to be approved by the legislative process as part of the 2016 budget, now under consideration.