Monday, August 20, 2012

Thursday's Budget Hearing - Parks

The Parks committee will consider the Parks budget this Thursday, beginning at 5:00 pm (not the usual 5:30) in room 260 of the City-County building.

Limited information is online, with Prop 285, 2012, providing the most detail. As I compare budgets, I will be referring to information in Prop 241, 2011, that set the 2012 budget.


After years of being slashed, the requested 2013 Parks budget would actually grow by 3.9% (+ about $0.8 m) over this year's budget.  The total budget requested is $21 million.  While salaries and benefits sees a comparatively modest $65,000 increase, the lion's share of the increase comes in the piece of the budget representing contracts for services and the like.  This piece of the budget would rise 9.3% to $7.5 million.

Curiously, the number of employees would grow by 44.81, to 322.80.


Paul K. Ogden said...

I'd hate to be that employee who only had 80% of him or her hired.

Anonymous said...

So if I did the math between all of the departsment listed, the is around 2.6 million on the table. Police and Fire shoulf]d get their CoNTRACTED raises before these other departments get their increases.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Paul, I know you are joking. But, there likely are folks out there unfamiliar with 'full time equivalents'. This number includes part time jobs and temporary jobs, adjusted to their fraction of a full 40 hour/52 week job.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Anon - this is why it is important to have a public airing of the budget. I would add that it is equally important to have enough information for the public (and Councillors) to analyze and address the proposal.

That goes not only for discussions of the budget, but for TIF districts as well. How can you make an informed decision that is really in the best interest of the community, when you get next to no pertinent information?