May 3, 2013 1:29 PM by Tonya LaCoste

New Iberia cuts organized summer programs for kids this summer

To avoid going over budget, New Iberia will not offer camp programs for kids this summer. "We really, really had a good program. We just don't have the money, Parks and Recreation Director Tony Migues said. In past years, summer camp was offered to children ages 5 -12, and last year the program barely turned a $10 profit, Migues said.

As much as Mayor Hilda Curry doesn't want to shut down the program, she said, "We just cannot take a chance of having a deficit with that program." An ad valorem tax generates 600,000 to maintain the city's 16 parks, but it costs $1.3 million to run the department. To make up the difference, the city is forced to dip into the general fund for an additional $700,000, Curry said. The mayor has every department watching pennies. "I'm not going to take a chance in going over budget in any department."

Although not supervised programs, the swimming pool at City Park will be open and community centers in the city will be open to kids who are looking for a way to beat summer boredom.

Parents can check into other supervised summer camp programs. The Iberia Parish Government offers one, as does St. Edward School.



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