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DeKalb Park Board approves first-round FY2020 budget

January 18, 2019

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District’s Board of Commissioners approved a tentative budget for fiscal 2020 on Thursday.

The budget underwent three last-minute changes Thursday before the board meeting, which resulted in an amended deficit of $133,000, as opposed to the previous $153,000 reported Jan. 12.

District staff removed the planned native grassland initiative set to cost $12,000, and scratched a plan to purchase a $40,000 Ford F250 truck for maintenance, which placed $52,000 back in the budget’s general and reserve funds. Staff then added $20,000 to the district’s recreation budget, Heather Collins, superintendent of finance, said.

“As the district is moving forward, it has become clear that our residents would like to see growth in our programming,” Collins said. “With a new superintendent of recreation coming on board in early 2020, this will give the district some time to plan.”

The first-round budget was approved by a 4-1 majority vote, with Commissioner Keith Nyquist being the only no vote.

The budget now will undergo a monthlong public review, with a public hearing and final vote set for Feb. 21.

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