$1.8M budget for Park District

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Manhasset Park District officials on Thursday introduced a $1,799,750 2015 budget that will go before the Town of North Hempstead for approval later this year.

The budget calls for $728,859 to be raised in taxes, officials said, the same amount raised as part of 2014’s $2,321,050 budget. 

The budget, officials said, falls within the state’s mandated 2 percent tax cap.

Park District officials said the 2015 budget accounts for a reduction of expenditures based on fewer capital projects needed for completion within the community.

The district allocated $850,000 in capital improvements in 2014, $15,000 in operating equipment costs and $25,000 in engineering due mostly to the acquisition of the residential property at 61 Locust Street, which was then demolished and reconstructed into a merchant parking lot, officials said.

Only $350,000 has been budgeted for capital improvements in 2015, with $10,000 budgeted for operating equipment and only $5,000 set aside for engineering.

The park district has budgeted $12,000 in stipends for its three commissioners and $386,000 for five laborers. It has also budgeted $95,000 for its secretary – up from $92,100 in 2014 – and $30,000 for a clerical staff member, $13,100 less than it allocated for the position in 2014.

Of the $586,600 anticipated in revenues for 2015, $536,000 is expected from parking fees and $30,000 from fines.

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