Park board approves first reading of budget
Campground to expand by 10 sites next spring
GRAFTON – The Grafton Park Board approved the first reading of the 2014 budget at a special meeting held last Wednesday at City Hall.
A balanced budget is proposed with total revenue and expenditures totaling $529,812.22.
Grafton Parks and Recreation (GPR) will levy 35 mills for a total of $200,550. Based on taxable valuation of real estate, each mill is worth $5,730. Other Walsh County/miscellaneous income includes $56,042 from state aid distribution. Other sources include mobile home tax, the homestead credit, and local units in lieu of taxes. Total revenue from Walsh County and miscellaneous sources adds up to $278,537.22.
Income from the City of Grafton includes $21,625 from the recreation fund tax levy and $35,000 from the joint powers agreement.
Facility income is projected at $157,050. At total of $51,100 is projected for the Leistikow Park campground, with $50,000 of that coming from what GPR charges for campers during the season. A total of $600 is expected for those who tent at the campground and $400 is projected for sales of firewood.
The Centennial Center is expected to bring in $71,000 with GPR’s agreement with Grafton Public Schools for high school hockey bringing in $21,500 for ice rental. A total of $22,500 is expected to come from the youth hockey program, $14,000 from hockey camps and $11,500 from advertising in the form of the signs in the arena.
The Winter Sports Arena (WSA) is expected to generate $9,700 in income with most of that coming from from ice rental for the youth hockey program.
The Leistikow Park swimming pool is expected to bring in $17,700 with $16,000 of that coming from seasonal passes and daily admissions.
Program income is projected at $37,600 with the most money expected to come from the gymnastics program which will bring in $13,000. The figure skating program is expected to bring in $8,900 with the baseball program generating $8,750.
Office expenditures, including the salaries for the director, business manager and administrative assistant add up to $87,748. The next biggest expense is utilities at $5,400 followed by capital outlay for new computers in the amount of $3,000.
Total expenditures for the parks and campgrounds add up to $157,580.22. That number includes salaries for seasonal workers and equipment for the upkeep of Leistikow Park and campground, Schumacher and Pumpkin parks and the Chase, Westview and former State Developmental Center property.
According to GPR Director Bill Dahl, $16,113 is budgeted for campground expansion in Leistikow Park. He said there is a $15,000 carryover from 2014 and they’ll use that money plus the $16,000 in the campground line item to build at least 10 new camper sites.
The final reading of the budget is scheduled for the regular September meeting of the park board scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:15 p.m., at City Hall.