GREENVILLE – The Greenville Park Board met on Tuesday night for a special meeting concerning budget revisions.
City Auditor Roxanne Willman was in attendance to provide suggestions for revising the park’s fund appropriation for 2013 and beyond. These proposals included a decrease in utility expenditures, uniform allowances and professional services like janitorial and trash activity.
Many of the changes could potentially contribute to 2014 carryover funds. Willman also recommended to increase the projected carryover or “Rainy Day” fund for next year to counter unanticipated needs.
The City of Greenville’s projected 2013 revenue is currently $245,358, and of that amount $200,000 was transferred from the city. Comparatively, the park’s 2012 revenue was $269,152, and 2011 revenue was $558,654.
Mayor Mike Bowers noted that the economy seems to be improving, and the park’s funding may improve in the future.
Fourteen thousand dollars were allotted to the Greenville pool budget, and members of the park board and considering ways to make the pool more profitable, as it suffered from declining income last year.
The park board discussed alternate forms of income generation stemming from the pool through swim lessons, new programs and swim team participation this summer.
After a brief discussion on park maintenance, Gray’s Tree Service declined a bid to provide tree harvest services for the park, citing that they would not be able to make a profit on the project. A new bid was accepted from Tree Masters, which was $6,000 more than the original Gray Tree Service bid. The project is expected to be completed no later than May 1st.
The park board discussed the Lucille Clark Trust, which was granted to the park 10 years ago to be used to augment future park development over many years.
Finally, the budget was adjusted to account for the $6,000 increase for the new tree bid, and an additional $9,000 which was required to pay for a former park employee’s benefits.
The park board also agreed to continually evaluate opportunities to revise and improve the budget for the upcoming year.