After hints of a philosophical discussion Monday about park fees and the future of recreation construction in Windsor, the town board unanimously approved its sweeping 2013 proposed budget.
The budget accounts for nearly $70 million in total revenue and details everything from future improvements to salaries of the town’s 99 full-time employees.
A hiccup came in the discussion of Northern Lights Park about whether to fund it through existing park improvement funds after being denied a Great Outdoors Colorado grant. The board ultimately agreed to move forward with the project for 2013, noting that it already had the funds and the park needed to be built eventually per development requirements.
Additionally, talks about how to proceed with the divisive $14 million Community Recreation Center improvements simmered before ultimately being put off for a discussion early in 2013. The issue hinges on whether the board should shoulder $30,000 for artist renderings, drawings and “public education.”
Members were split, and some said putting money into investigating the project would be akin to unofficially endorsing the endeavor — an area everyone is treading carefully because of a potential tax increase.
The pivotal education part of the improvements — likely to be left to voters one way or another — could be added to the budget at a later date depending on how the discussion progresses.
Budget talks have been ongoing for several months leading up to the board’s Oct. 6 lengthy work session retreat. Complete listings, facts and figures are available on the town’s official website, www.windsorgov.com.