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Helmut Schmidt, Published September 10 2009

Fargo Park Board approves 2010 budget

The Fargo Park Board on Tuesday approved a 2010 budget that includes a general fund topping $11.56 million.

The general fund budget is up 3.6 percent from 2009, but includes no increase in the property tax rate, Park District Executive Director Roger Gress said.

In fact, the 31.51 mills in property taxes levied in 2010 will be slightly less than 2009, Gress said.

The budget includes no fee hikes, he said. In addition, employees will get a 1 percent cost-of-living pay increase, he said.

The 2010 general fund budget anticipates a starting and ending cash balance of $1.8 million, with $11.5 million in revenues and transfer funds balanced by a like amount in spending.

Total 2010 revenues are expected to be about $400,000 more than in 2009, documents show.

Other Park District fund revenues and expenditures for 2010 are:

  • Special fund, $1,268,903.

  • Debt service fund, $1,841,856.

  • Enterprise fund (Courts Plus), $2,011,468 in revenues, $1,952,134 in expenditures.

  • Fargo senior services, $3,468,585 in revenues, $3,238,185 in expenditures.

    In other business, the board voted 5-0 to raze the old hog barn at Trollwood Park and a farmhouse at Lemke Park.

    The hog barn was well-known to young people in the metro area who for many summers trooped to the park for the Trollwood Performing Arts School.

    It fell into disrepair and was structurally unsound, staff said.

    The farmhouse recently lost its renter and would have been too expensive to convert for use by the Park District, Gress said.

    “There’s just so much money that would have to be spent to use it,” he said.

    The Park District will take care of asbestos issues as part of the building’s demolition, he said.

    Neither building has historic value, state and local historical society officials said in letters to the Park District.

    Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583