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Park district budget approved : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Park district budget approved
by Lyle R. Rolfe

12/26/2013

Following a public hearing, Oswegoland Park District Board members voted unanimously last Thursday to approve the agency’s 2014 budget.

The park district’s new budget year will begin Jan. 1.
Only one non-park district staff member attended the board meeting and no one questioned the budget prior to the board’s vote.

The budget anticipates total revenues of $13,128,207, down from the 2013 budget of $22,703,993 and expenses are estimated to total $14,8532,895, down from $22,703,993 for 2013.

Also according to the budget, the district expects to fund $5,896,229 of the total budget from property taxes collected and the remainder from other sources.

Board member Roy White said he would like to have had more discussion on how each department would use its funds.

“We see the numbers, but we don't know what the numbers are used for. I think it would be very beneficial to see that,” he said.

“When I was on the Kendall County Board and Village of Oswego board, we knew where the money was going because each department told us this was what they needed. We're seeing the numbers, which is great, but we don't know what the money is being used for,” he said.

Rich Zielke, executive director, said he would provide White with a list of how each department planned to use their funds.

Nancy Woods, finance director, said she provided all board members at their last committee-of-the-whole meeting with a detailed list of how each department was going to use the funds.
White said it was unfortunate that the board members did not review these items at the COW meeting.

Bob Mattingly, board president, said he reviewed the items himself and thought other board members had done the same thing.
White said they should do it as a committee in the future, adding that this was the way the county board did it.

“If we disagreed with an item we could question it at that time. But we haven't had any questions here,” he said.

Mattingly and Woods said the material was given to each trustee at the two committee meetings the board held on the budget.

Mattingly and board member Dave Krahn agreed that White made some good points by wanting to be more thorough before voting on the budget in the future.

A closer look at the budget shows Corporate Fund expenses will be $2,302,671, and income will match the expenses.

Expenditures total $1,485,875 for wages and salaries, $242,500 for employee benefits, $173,646 for contracted services, $297,100 for utilities, $37,690 for equipment, $16,850 for bonds, certificates, grants and donations, and $49,010 for other expenses and reserves.

Expenditures for the Recreation Fund are set at $4,893,096, which is close to the expenditures expected to be $4,892,021.

Expenses include $2,775,598 for salaries and wages, $215,000 for employee benefits, $866,046 for contractual services, $311,560 for materials and supplies, $125,225 for utilities,

$122,947 for equipment, $230,313 for bonds, certificates, grants and donations, $140,160 for other expenses and reserves, and $105,172 for allocations out of the fund.

List income, expenses
for Fox Bend Golf Course
Income for the Fox Bend Golf Course Fund totaling $1,707,773, will include $1,121,315 from service charges, $424,400 for product sales, $5,250 from facility rentals, $250 interest on investments, and $156,558 in transfers from other funds.

Fox Bend expenses total $1,706,071. They include $738,254, for salaries and wages, $160,370 for employee benefits, $200,122 for contractual services, $451,648 for materials and supplies, $56,808 for utilities, $9,800 for equipment, $56,429 for other expenses and reserves, and $32,640 for transfers to other funds.

Revenue for the Pool Fund, estimated to total $585,390, will include $440,190 from charges for services, $85,600 from product sales, $12,200 from facility rentals, $1,100 from interest on investments, and $46,300 from other income and reserves.

Expenditures totaling $574,345 will include $390,512 for salaries and wages, $27,250 for contractual services, $90,501 for materials and supplies, $36,000 for utilities, $21,682 for equipment, and $8,400 for other expenses and reserves.

Revenue for the Capital Projects Fund totals $282,577 and will include $10,000 from interest on investments, and $272,577 from other income and reserves.

Income for the Fox Valley Special Recreation Fund includes $354,067 from taxes and $700 from interest income. Expenses will be $6,000 for salaries and wages, $398,073 for contractual services and $500 for materials and supplies for a total of $404,573.




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