Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

By George Hjelte; Jay S. Shivers | Go to book overview

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Fiscal Administration

F ISCAL administration is concerned with the management and control of all revenues received by the recreational service agency from taxes, fees, private donations, or other sources and utilized in the operation of the department. The custody of such funds is delegated to specific officers who are responsible to the public. This particular responsibility is to protect the funds from misuse, embezzlement, and fraudulent misappropriation and to expend them prudently for, the purposes for which they have been appropriated -- in this instance, the most economical and efficient conduct of public recreaational services.

The purposes of fiscal administration are to supply pertinent data concerning how public funds are acquired, safeguarded, allocated and used; to determine whether the fiscal system is performing adequately; and to discover ways and means for reducing expenditures while receiving a greater return on facilities, equipment, and program operations. Money is the basic tool of administration. It is employed by the executive in his conduct of the affairs of the system.

In public work a specific finance bureau or department is usually constituted by law and charged specifically with the responsibility of compiling and recording the financial transactions of the agency and of preparing the essential statements interpreting the financial facts. Such

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