MEEKER I The ERBM board met on September 21 and reviewed the preliminary 2022 budget, which shows a 10% cut in budgeted wages and a 7% overall cut in the staff budget. Operations is slated for an 8% decline.
Those cuts help balance a 10% cut in district tax revenue, from just over $3 million in 2020, to about $2.8 million in 2021, to just over $2.5 million budgeted for 2022. .
Board member Travis Mobley congratulated the ERBM staff on the successful efforts to reduce the staff and operations budget for 2022.
The board then moved into planned and unplanned discussions on capital improvement projects.
Planned capital improvement (CIP) projects are expected to cost $1.4 million by 2022 and include a dirt screen replacement project, a second soffit repair, and a decision to replace gym treadmills if they break rather than all at once for $ 50,000.
The board also approved a natatorium HVAC replacement for about $1 million. The current unit is substandard and causes moisture build-up and temperature problems that damage the building.
The unplanned project on the agenda is a continuation of the Circle Park Pond project. The board discussed potential grants and construction timeline questions, as well as using CTF funds to pay for the work. The board also discussed Town of Meeker’s board, which set aside $250,000 for the project. This amount is included in the city’s draft budget, but has not been formally approved.
Board member Dan Chinn continued to hold a stance against spending more on the pond. “I think it’s totally irresponsible to spend these funds given the climate we’re in…I think it’s a big mistake.”
The board approved it to go ahead with a $250,000 budget for further work in Circle Park and along the river corridor, provided there are no overruns and additional grant money is received, as well as the city’s $250K. Meeker. The board voted in favor of the record, with directors Kent Walter, Rob Baughman, Mobley and John Strate voting in favor and director Chinn voting against.
The district’s preliminary budget showed a $2,042,000 fund cut before the council discussed unplanned CIP.
A budget hearing will take place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Meeker Recreation Center.
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