2014 Budget responsibly preserves quality services for years to come

Three Rivers' 2014 Budget preserves the quality services and facilities our users have come to expect well into the future by aligning mission priorities, expanding cooperative partnerships and following sound long-term financial management practices. Here's a few highlights, and you can find all the details here: 2014 Budget.

  • Reduces our operating tax levy for parks, trails, recreation and natural resources for the third year in a row. The tax levy is held $2 million below the state limit, despite the lack of state aid increases and sales tax relief provided to other local agencies.
  • Despite a steady double digit growth in park and trail usage, our budget was held flat by capturing operating efficiencies and reallocating available resources to higher priority activities.
  • More cooperative service partnerships are being established with first-tier suburban communities and school districts to improve access to Three Rivers programs and services.
  • Implements a ten-year capital improvement program (CIP) to manage debt and insure the affordability of future project commitments. The long-awaited Nine-Mile Creek Trail is funded in 2015/16, two years earlier than originally planned.
  • To assure equitable and affordable access, our 2014 budget also establishes permanent funding for program scholarships, and expands promotional pricing discounts.

Great parks for today and tomorrow. As your Three Rivers Park Board Chair, I remain committed to careful stewardship, collaborative leadership and responsible financial management to insure the health of our cherished parks and trails for generations to come.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair