California lawmakers on Tuesday peppered state officials with questions over the latest audit of the troubled parks department.
For some, the most troubling issue was the department’s inability to say how much each individual park costs, because officials track expenses by district involving multiple properties. One lawmaker referred to that as “one of the most mind-boggling parts of the report.”
Anthony Jackson, the acting parks director, said his staff was working on getting a park-by-park analysis of costs. But he said it may not be done before Gov. Jerry Brown presents his revised budget proposal in May.
Lawmakers have scheduled another hearing Wednesday morning to continue discussing the state parks system.
The audit was ordered last year after it was revealed that the parks department had a $54-million undisclosed surplus at the same time officials were threatening to close dozens of parks. About $20 million of the money had been deliberately hidden, according to an investigation by the state attorney general's office.