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A ‘comfortable budget’

PRINCETON — The Princeton Park Board has canvassed the votes from the April 9 consolidated election and sworn into office newly-elected board members Dennis Nink and Andy Marti.

At Monday’s park board meeting, Elaine Russell, executive director, said the official election count shows Nink received 817 votes and Marti received 756 votes. Both men are incumbents to the board. Nink was appointed to the board in April 2010 to replace retiring board member Jan Milles. Marti was appointed to the board in November 2012 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Carl Pacunas.

The board agreed to postpone reorganization action until its May 20 meeting, when all board members are expected to be in attendance. Board member Bob Halberg was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, Russell presented the tentative corporate and recreation funds for the 2013-14 fiscal year budget for review by the board. Final numbers are still being determined as far as beginning cash balances, but line item numbers won’t change a lot, she said.

Earlier, the park board had reviewed seven of the smaller funds for the new budget in April and is expected to receive the bond fund and enterprise/Metro Center fund at its May 15 meeting.

On Monday, Russell said the new proposed budget won’t change much from the current year’s.

“This will be a comfortable budget, like last year’s, but we will still have to watch each line item carefully,” Russell said.

On Tuesday, Russell further explained her “comfortable budget” description, saying the 2013-14 budget is a comfortable one because the board and staff started making decisions in January 2010 which would build up the district’s cash-on-hand reserves. After the completion of several large projects and the economic fall, the park district had to focus on maintaining, while still staying within its budget, she said.

“So the 2011-12 budget was lean and mean with many cutbacks,” Russell said.” The 2012-13 budget was our moving forward budget because we knew we were on the right path, which makes our 2013-14 budget a comfortable one because we know it works.”

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the board appointed board president Gene Englehart to serve on the Shoemake Foundation Board, representing the park district. Englehart will replace Jim Smith, who is retiring from the foundation board. The park board thanked Smith for his years of service for the park district as a Shoemake Foundation Board member.

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