The Minot Park Board approved a $10.2 million budget that includes a bond issue for flood repairs on first reading Wednesday.
The park district is estimating a levy of 32.57 mills, which amounts to about $147 on each $100,000 of residential property. The actual levy will be determined once the county certifies property values. This past year's levy was 30.87 mills, which generated $139 on each $100,000 of home value.
The dollar value that the park district is seeking is $4.67 million, up from about $4 million in the current budget. Half of the $670,000 increase is occurring to make payments on a proposed $3.5 million bond issue to repair flood damages.
Ron Merritt, parks director, said the district has about $4 million in flood recovery costs remaining. About $500,000 is proposed to be paid for with park funds other than the bond issue.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to return in October to review 14 large projects that previously had been denied federal assistance. Merritt said there is no guarantee that officials will approve funding, but the board is encouraged that the agency is taking another look at the request of the governor's office and the state Disaster Emergency Services.
In other business, the park board accepted the low bid of $669,770 from Rolac Contracting of Minot for repairs to the Roosevelt Park bath house, including the kiddie pool and boiler and filter room and pump house. Funding will come from flood insurance, a Bremer grant and park funds.