SAN JOSE (KCBS) – More budget cuts in San Jose could mean messier parks because the city is no longer supplying plastic bags to help dog-walkers clean up after their pets.

Dog walkers have had it pretty easy in San Jose, with the city supplying disposable plastic bags at parks. But now, that $60,000 expense is being cut from the budget.

”The downside is that occasionally if you forget something you’re stuck, unless you grab somebody’s newspaper bag off of the street,” said Darcie, who was walking her dog in the Rose Garden neighborhood. “It was nice to have those there in case of an emergency.”

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Some neighbors have even started filling the bag dispensers on their own.

”What we’re trying to do is, for a small amount of money, which would actually be coming in the form of donations from residents, we could replenish those bags,” said San Jose Councilmember Piereluigi Oliverio, who has given $1,000 to the bag fund.

However, some people see it as a good choice for a city that simply needs to cut back. Local resident Joyce Thompson said she’s glad the city cut doggie bags and not library hours.

”If you’re weighing the two, I think they’re weighing it correctly,” said Thompson.

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