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March 26, 2013

RLCD approves tentative budget

MT. VERNON — The Rend Lake Conservancy District has approved a tentative budget and one year capital plan.

“Any changes or concerns should be presented for the final budget, which will be discussed for approval on April 29,” RLCD General Manager Keith Thomason said. “We will also be holding a public hearing on the budget at 8:25 a.m. on April 29.”

The budget is the last which will be prepared by RLCD Controller Wayne Tate, who will be retiring at the end of the month.

“It has been a privilege to work four you gentlemen as a board,” Tate said Monday during the regular meeting of the RLCD Board. “Thank you for the opportunity. It’s been a great eight years.”

All board members said Tate would be missed, with Board President Keith Ward saying, “We’ll miss you, Wayne, you’ve done a heck of a job.”

One of Tate’s final acts is preparing the tentative budget, which shows an estimated $12.3 million in revenues and $8.8 million in expenditures.

Revenues expected from the InterCity Water Fund in fees and sales of water are at $9,617,667; the general fund is expected to receive $463,000; the Recreation Fund is expected to receive $224,278; the Golf Fund is expected to receive $708,000; the Lodge Fund $940,000; and the Sewer Fund is expected to receive $420,000.

Expenditures are expected to be at $8.8 million, with $1.14 million spent from the General Fund; $5.9 million spent from InterCity Water; $103,935 spend in the Recreation Fund; $679,607 spent in golf; $648,080 spent in the Lodge Fund; and $243,896 spent in the sewer fund.

The capital plan fo the 2013-14 fiscal year includes $2.3 million in water treatment and distribution; $95,000 in the wastewater treatment and sewer; $65,000 in administration; and $102,000 in recreation — which includes central leasing, golf and the lodge.

Under Water Treatment and Distribution, projects include $4 million for the Hamilton County Water Main project; $100,000 for the West Frankfort pump station; $2.25 for the Rend Lake Bypass; $1.4 million for the Big Muddy Bypass; $284,000 for Illinois Department of Transportation Highway 37 relocations; $200,000 for ground storage tank painting and repairs; $50,000 for miscellaneous distribution main extensions; $500,000 for vehicle and equipment replacement; $100,000 for easement clearing; $4 million in water main reimbursement for the Hamilton County Water Main; $750,000 reimbursed from grants for the Big Muddy Bypass project; and $1.8 million reimbursed through a grant for the Rend Lake Bypass project.

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