Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is asking Northport and Tuscaloosa County government leaders to join him on a 10-member task force to discuss the long-term future of the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority.

There is debate every year about how much funding PARA will receiving from its three primary financial backers — the city of Tuscaloosa, the city of Northport and Tuscaloosa County — when those governments prepare their budgets.

In a letter sent to Northport Mayor Donna Aaron and Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum last week, Maddox said it’s time for that to end.

“It is no secret that PARA’s current funding suffers from both inequity and uncertainty,” Maddox wrote. “In my opinion, PARA’s position is untenable, and likely unsustainable with our constituents desiring more from our park system than in any time in our history.”

Maddox went on to propose creating a task force consisting of PARA Executive Director Gary Minor and three representatives each from Tuscaloosa, Northport and the county, including Maddox, Aaron and McCollum.

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