The Auburn city council voted 7-1 (Karhliker no) to transfer over $57,000 from the city’s general fund to the parks savings account at Monday’s regular meeting.

The action came following a report from Alderman Rod Johnson on the revenues and expenses for the city’s parks dating back to 2008. Johnson reviewed annual cash reports and compiled a spreadsheet detailing where money designated for the parks has gone, specifically funds raised through the parks tax as well as outside donations.

“What I have figured is that from 2008 to 2019, we have received $490,000 in park tax revenue,” Johnson said. He noted that “some years we exceeded what was budgeted and some years we had a surplus.” He estimated the remaining surplus over the period to be around $131,000 and with $75,000 of that amount already moved to the parks tax savings account, that left a total of $57,449.23.

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