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story.lead_photo.caption Megan Troesser rakes grass in one of the three terraces general seating after the Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker concert at the newly constructed Capital Region MU Healthcare Amphitheater. Troesser and fellow Parks and Rec employees picked up barricades, any trash, electrical cords, trash carts, etc. remaining after initial cleanup on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The venue management company and Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry have different responsibilities during and after shows and parks employees performed theirs on Monday, May 24. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

The Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry budget request will look largely the same for 2022.

Andrew Brunnert, The Linc Membership Director, said at a commission meeting Tuesday the major changes to the budget are focused on salary and sales tax revenue increases.

The proposed budget also doesn't include any new capital improvement projects since the half-cent sales tax is on the Aug. 3 ballot.

Employee salaries account for just more than 50 percent of the department's budget, he said.

The Jefferson City Finance Department proposed a 10 percent increase in health insurance, 5 percent increase in dental insurance and 3 percent salary increase department-wide, according to commission documents.

As a result, personnel services would increase by $167,929.74 to just more than $5.06 million.

Brunnert said the Finance Department is estimating a 2.5 percent increase in sales tax revenue.

The parks department has its own half-cent sales tax, and the projected increase would bring that fund up to $6,006,744.50 annually.

Expenses at the Washington Park Ice Arena and outdoor recreation program are projected to decrease.

The golf course, Memorial Pool, Ellis-Porter Pool, parks maintenance, recreation programs, community enrichment/camps and The Linc expenses are projected to increase.

In total, considering revenues, the department estimates revenues around $10,026,152 and expenses around $10,006,553.

If accurate, the department would have an estimated $20,000 surplus.

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