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FD council to review airport, parks budgets

-Messenger file photo
A combination of long exposure and motion creates something a little different as the Sun Country Airlines plane carrying a previous Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight turns on the apron at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The City Coucil will review the airport's budget tonight.

The proposed budgets for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport and the city’s parks and recreation programs will be reviewed tonight by the City Council.

The council’s budget workshop will begin at 5 p.m. It will be a virtual meeting.

The airport and the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department generate some revenue to help pay for their operations, reducing the need for property tax dollars to fund them. Fees that people pay to join sports leagues, play golf or get into the aquatic center are sources of revenue for parks and recreation. The airport gets revenue from landing fees, rent from businesses that are located there and from farmland that’s part of the airport campus.

The proposed airport budget is about $677,000 for 2021-2022.

The proposed parks and recreation budget is about $1 million. It is divided into several different categories for all the different programs run by the department.

Council members are working on the proposed budget for 2021-2022 because cities are required to file their budgets in mid-March, even though the fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1.

Residents can observe the workshop by going to zoom.us and entering webinar ID 816 045 072 and passcode 948411.

To listen to the workshop on the phone, dial (312) 626-6799 and enter the same webinar ID and passcode.

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