Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise. These proposals were part of the 2016 budget request presented by the Director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Mick Renneisen. Renneisen spoke to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners yesterday. He first reviewed highlights from the department’s activities this past year.
Renneisen says there were almost a million public participations in parks and recreation programs in 2014. He then went over the Department’s priorities for next year. The Board approved the Department’s request for a little over eight million dollars in general funding for next year, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2015. That request now goes to the City Council. Renneisen then reviewed the non-reverting fund budget request for his Department. These are on-going funds needed for expenses, such as personnel, which roll over yearly.
The Board has the final say over the approval of the non-reverting fund budget. It unanimously approved the Department’s proposal.