WHAT IT IS: The city of Newton's 2013 budget for the parks department. The budget is up slightly from the 2012 adopted budget of $966,470, but down from the 2011 budget of $1.18 million.
DEPARTMENT STATS: The department is responsible for the planning, development and maintenance of city parks and "green space." The city has a total of 172.08 acres of parks, featuring playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, a band shell for concerts, a swimming pool and picnic shelters. Objectives for 2012 included purchasing and installing two forms of ADA access at the Newton Municipal Pool, and designing and installing a disc golf course at Centennial Park.
BUDGET BREAKOUT: Some of the line items in the department's 2013 budget are:?- Personal services: $804,280 (the department has the equivalent of 8.5 full-time staff members and two part-time staff members; positions include park superintendent, park supervisor, park horticulturist, maintenance workers and a tractor mower)?- Contractual services: $77,400?- Commodities and supplies: $86,500?- Vehicle operating: $70,000?- Capital outlay: $25,000?- Transfers: $56,057
2013 OBJECTIVES: Goals for this year include adding more solar lights to the dark areas along the bike path and identifying more areas to be converted to native grass. Switching more areas to native grass could help to save time and resources for the department.
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