are on time
and on budget
fights rumors to the contrary
Seeking to head off any rumors to the
contrary, Platte County District 2 Commissioner Steve
Wegner leveled a few serious questions at County Park
and Recreation Director Brian Nowotny at the Thursday's
county commission meeting.
Would you say the community centers
are on time and under budget?
After Nowotny indicated that yes, they
were, Wegner went a little further.
Would county parks and recreation sales
tax revenue more than cover expenses for the building?
Would there ever be a reason to go back to the voters
and ask for another sales tax?
Yes and no, came the reply: yes, the sales
taxes would cover the expenses and no, there shouldnt
be a reason to go back to the voters for an additional
After the meeting, Wegner enthusiastically
pointed to the countys robust sales and local
use tax growth. Sales taxe revenues have risen 5% and
use taxes have grown almost 80% from the previous year.
The county will meet its budget projections, Wegner
said, with a 5% sales tax growth and 50% use tax growth.
Were on track, Wegner
proclaimed, adding that the county had yet to realize
income from new developments like Zona Rosa and the
Weve been working with our
construction company (J.E. Dunn) foremen on these estimates,
Nowotny explained. We work with them every step
of the way. Every time we had a bid go out, J. E. Dunn
gave us a construction estimate, using all of their
experience, and told us what we should get those bids
in for. Each trade contract, of which there are 50 of
them, have been handled by J. E. Dunn and their super-analytical
process. We use that to establish our budget.
Nowotny said that over the lifespan of
the project, many of the contracts came in under budget,
and some came in a bit higher.
When we added them all together,
the bottom line total was that we came under budget
by about $300,000, Nowotny stated. From
the very first bid to the last.
Nowotny said that the money has been placed
in a contingency fund. He said that the county commission
may decide to use the money to add programs or add more
construction to the project. Two of the items being
discussed are an amphitheatre at the North Community
Center site or a playground.
The playground was one of those
things, unfortunately, that was value engineered out,
Nowotny said. It was easy to value out because
it was something that could easily be added at a later
More than likely, however, Nowotny expects
the commission to spend part of the money to make sure
the schedule stays on pace.
Were still on schedule, Nowotny
said. But weve had a wet spring. (J.E. Dunn)
is telling us that the schedule is becoming very challenged.
The project has weather days built in but weve
lost over 50 days to wet weather.