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Board approves FY20-21 budget, receives reopening updates

June 19, 2020

The BPRD Board of Directors approved the annual budget for the next fiscal year at the June 16 meeting.

The Board approved a total budget including just over $25 million for operations, $2.5 million for debt service and nearly $28 million for current and future planned capital projects, land acquisition and vehicle, equipment and technology purchases. Details about the budget are here.

Resolution No. 2020-09 adopting the budget and making appropriations for fiscal year 2020-21 was revised since the budget committee approved the fiscal year 2020-21 proposed budget on May 26, 2020. Based on new information, staff recommended and the board approved a revised 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). These changes include timing adjustments to three projects, and the postponement of one project, resulting in a reduction of approximately $10 million over the five-year time frame. The board also completed its annual obligation to approve imposing and categorizing taxes for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

In the work session, staff shared updates about reopening and current operations in Park Services and Recreation. The state’s Outdoor Recreation guidance was updated and efforts were underway for consistent interpretation among other park and recreation organizations in Oregon. Playgrounds are open and regularly used, adult softball started this week. Basketball courts remain closed, as well as other contact sports (lacrosse, rugby and football).

Rental reservations will now be allowed with capacity changes and addendum requirements to the Facility Use Agreements. BPRD has decided to not approve reservation request for statewide tournaments at this time.

“We do not see hosting large tournaments and events that attract people from around the state and northwest as consistent with the intent of the reopening guidelines,” said Matt Mercer, recreation services director. “Our primary goal is to ensure parks are open and safe for area residents and local practices and leagues and we do not want to promote activities that compromises this access or put the larger community health at risk.”

In recreation, summer camps began this week with positive response and interest from campers and their families. For the first week, there were 4 school sites and 6 park district locations. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center’s reopening is going well with 500 visits in the first week of reservation-only “dry side” fitness classes and workout on your own activities. Pools reopen beginning June 22 for lap swim and water fitness. Family swim by limited household reservations will begin July 6.

The Board of Directors asked to revisit the district’s mission statement and values at an upcoming meeting. The district’s values include an inclusion statement and the board wants to discuss how to elevate it among the other pillars in support of the mission.

The next board meeting is July 7.