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Posted on October 22, 2018 at 10:21 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
At the 2019 Budget Public Hearing on Thursday night, a question was asked about the Recreation Department closing the Wrap Around Program and the Before and After school program. To clarify, the Town is NOT closing the Wrap Around Program, which is a summer time program, which allows parents to drop off their children early in the morning and stay late in the day after their daytime programs are complete.
This program, in the 2018 budget, had a budget number of A7020.10095 for $65,000, and zero in that line for 2019 because we moved that expense into the Seasonal Personnel line (A7020.10097) and increased that line item from 2018 at $58,000 to $94,000 for 2019. The revenue for the Wrap Around Program in 2018, line A210.02010, was $125,000, and for 2019 that revenue was moved to line item A210.02003 and increased from 2018 at $140,000 to $230,000 in 2019.
Now the Before and After School program is being dropped by the Recreation Department, due to the ongoing difficulty in finding qualified counselors that would pass background and drug tests necessary to provide care to children, and also the fact that attendance for these programs had dropped to below twenty kids in the morning and less than fifteen in the afternoon. So the budget line item A7020.10110 expenses for $32,000 and also budget line A7020.40233 for $4,200 for Before and After School Supplies are going to zero in 2019 and the revenue line from 2018 line item A21002042 for $60,000 is also going to zero in 2019.
This makes the loss of revenue for the Before and After Care Program as a negative $27,400 for the 2019 budget cycle. The Wrap Around Program is still in the 2019 budget for Webster residents to use for their children in the before and after summer programs. It is a very popular program and we are excited to continue this long standing program.
The decision to drop the Before and After School Program was made before the Webster Central School District announced their new time changes for 2019. In speaking within the last couple of days with Superintendent Gumina, the Webster School District will be adding Before and After School Programs in their schools in 2019.
The Town of Webster’s Parks & Recreation Department will not be losing $80,000 in profits from the 2019 Budget as was alleged on social media. The total Recreation revenue in 2018 was $860,600. In 2019, that revenue is projected to be $837,600, for a decrease of $23,000, which accounts for the Before and After Care Program.
If you have questions about the 2019 Town of Webster Budget, please contact me or any of the Town Board members for accurate information.
We also encourage you to attend the next Meet & Greet event where you can come discuss the budget with us, along with any other matters. Additionally, the School Superintendent and School Board members will be there to answer any questions related to the change in start times or other concerns. The next Meet & Greet event is on Monday, October 29th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Webster Public Library.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt