Bartlett Park District OKs Budget with 2.1% Increase
Porter, Beth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Beth Porter Daily Herald Correspondent
Because of only "modest" budget increases, Bartlett Park District parks and playgrounds won't look much different next year compared to this year, park district Director Tom White said.
This year's plan, approved Tuesday by the park board, includes a spending rise of about $76,000, or 2.1 percent, White said.
According to the budget document, the park district plans to spend about $3.7 million this year, with revenues of about $5.8 million.
"(The budget) is modest in terms of increases, and we're not planning a great many changes," he said. "We're doing the best we can to keep up with the needs of the community, but the budget is not growing dramatically ... primarily because of the tax cap."
The state-imposed tax cap sets a limit for growth at 2.7 percent for non-home rule taxing bodies.
The two major projects this year are capital improvements to Trails End and Humbracht parks, half of which will be paid by grants and the other half with park district reserves and developer donations.
"Really, when you come down to it, other than the two park projects, which are part of the grants, and some paving work at our Community Park . …