The Finance Department is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the District’s financial activities and provides support services to each of the District’s departments and divisions. The Finance Department’s major responsibilities include financial and budgetary policy development and reporting, debt, investment and cash management, customer service, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable and revenue management. Other responsibilities include providing analytical support, accounting and budgeting advice to District departments and divisions.
2021 Budget and Financial Overview
The District’s “Reimagining Recreation” theme for this fiscal year highlights the District’s recognition that consumer habits have changed, and this change may continue well into the future. Like most public sector entities, the pandemic has created many challenges for the District. Facility closures and program cancellations reduced the District’s total 2020 revenue estimates by approximately 18%, with an offsetting reduction in operating expenditures of approximately 24%. While this decline in revenues did not adversely affect the District’s projected 2020 year-end reserve estimates due to the offsetting expenditure decrease, the effects of the pandemic will be felt by the District for years to come.
The demand for the customary facilities, programs, amenities, and services that the District has successfully offered for years may never be the same. Therefore, to remain committed to its mission, the District must “reimagine recreation”. Doing so entails, at a minimum, that the District perform the following on a continuous basis:
Maximize the use of District facilities – review the use, and related revenue generation, of each District facility to ensure available space is utilized in the most efficient manner available, as well as determine that a demand still exists for the existing facilities
Advertise the Fox Fitness brand – based upon the impact of temporary closures and subsequent limited capacities on the way the District provides services, focus on advertising the Fox Fitness brand to promote health and safety standards, as well as social distancing practices, for the return of existing members, as well as to constantly promote and draw in new members. Continuously evaluate new fitness opportunities within the community to provide services in more geographic locations
Participate in promoter partnerships – explore opportunities to enhance the District’s current recreation offerings with specialized promoters. Review the proposals ensuring the partnerships will be fiscally responsible and are in line with the District’s goals and mission
“Right price” memberships, programs, amenities, and services – continuously review, and revise when applicable, membership and program fees to minimize the District’s reliance on property taxes
The District’s 2021 Budget reflects its mission to “enrich our community with fun, diverse and safe park and recreation experiences through environmentally and fiscally responsible actions”. This budget preserves many existing programs and services, while “reimagining” others, and continuing to be fiscally responsible to its residents and patrons.
Tentative Proposed Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for 2021 (.pdf)
– Posted Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
2020 Tax Levy Ordinance (.pdf)
– Posted Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020