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Park District of Highland Park's Proposed Budget Reflects No Tax Increase

The proposed 2013-14 budget for the Park District of Highland Park includes nearly $9 million in capital improvements, including upgrades to Rosewood Beach.

The Park District of Highland Park's proposed 2013-14 budget, which projects revenues of about $28.8 million and expenditures of $28.7 million, is scheduled for adoption on April 2.

The budget reflects a small surplus of $164,750.

This is the third year the park district has not increased the tax levy, according to the park district.

The budget also anticipates that the district will issue just under $9 million in additional debt to fund capital needs, including $4.8 million in improvements to Rosewood Beach like a lifeguard house, concession stand, restroom, a multi-use building and a boardwalk, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Other improvements proposed in the new budget include $600,000 to replace the sand pit at Hidden Creek AquaPark with an alternative recreation activity for young children; $300,000 to provide ADA accessible entrance at Deer Creek indoor tennis facility and improve the customer service area; and $75,000 to upgrade the spin studio with new bikes.

The buget also calls for 3 percent salary increases for full and part-time employees.

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