This is the first year of a four year contract with the city to mow 400 acres of parks amounting supposedly to $600,000.00 over the four year term. The city is having buget problems and is shorting our mowing to make up for it. The Parks dept. knows that it is costing more for them to mow than it does to have the contractors to do it, but the money comes out of a different budget. This all boils down to me getting shorted by $20,000.00 so far after spending over $100,000.00 in new equipment. It is legal for them to do so in the contract but they have not done this in previous years so maybe it won't happen again. They say that I will still get $130,000.00 worth this year, unless it totally dries up, then I am dead. Just blowing off steam and cussing the City. Do other cities operate their mowing contracts in this manner? Hope to start mowing in earnest next week. Wish me luck!