Parks and Recreation’s surplus goes unnoticed for years while parks close

The state controller’s office develops its own year-end cash statements. They repeatedly showed that the parks department had tens of millions of dollars more than parks officials reported to the Department of Finance. Chief Deputy Director Michael Cohen said his Finance department did not regularly compare its data against the controller’s numbers — not for hte Parks and Recreation Department, not for any of the more than 500  special funds that generate revenue from dedicated sources, such as user fees and concessions.

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