Foothills approves 2008 budget

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By Matt Gunn

The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s board of directors adopted its 2008 budget Dec. 12, providing spending guidelines that the district hopes will prevent it from making any service reductions as it seeks a mill-levy increase in May.

The 2008 budget numbers are below those of 2007, with revenue projected at $22,805,018; while this year saw revenue of $24,138,018. Expenditures for 2008 are set at $23,946,404, down $687,329 from 2007’s revised budget number of $24,946,404.

No members of the public or Foothills employees spoke up during the time the district allotted for a public hearing. The board of directors passed the budget unanimously, with only slight adjustments coming in its approval of an auditor in 2008.

Executive Director Bob Easton said all district employees are budgeted in the 2008 payroll, with additional funds set aside for Foothills to begin a benchmarking process to ensure its staff is paid similarly to that of other districts.

The budget hearing was also Easton’s final board meeting as executive director.

“We’re all aware this is Bob’s last meeting as the executive director,” said Lori Hoffner, chairman of the Foothills board. “I just want to say thank you very much, Bob, for all of your time and your tenure with the district."