The Chandler City Council in a special meeting on May 19, approved several amendments to the 2014-15 proposed budget. These amendments will become part of the tentative budget that will face a final adoption vote on June 12.
Appropriation for the approved amendments comes from the council’s contingency reserve and do not increase the total proposed budget.
The amendments brought forth by council members include:
• $150,000 for the addition of two unlit “game grade” athletic fields at Chuparosa Park to accommodate soccer, football and lacrosse; the additional fields will assist in meeting the demand for the reservable game and practice space in Chandler that was proposed by Councilmember Jeff Weninger.
• $85,000 for the purchase of a new bus for enhanced transit services; Chandler and Valley Metro are working to come up with a solution to service both Price Road and the Intel campus without the need for an additional bus; however, if it is not possible, Chandler would need to purchase a new bus for this service, which this allocation would cover that was proposed by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.
• $75,000 for additional shade structures at Snedigar Sportsplex; these upgrades will match newer facilities currently in the Valley; the shade structures will increase comfort for spectators during the city’s 39 adult sports leagues and 21 annual tournaments held at Snedigar; proposed Tibshraeny.
• $30,000 for restroom improvements at Snedigar Sportsplex in order to eliminate a major source of complaints from facility users; Tibshraeny proposed.
• $10,000 seed money for the Chandler Education Coalition Early Literacy Campaign, based on the receipt of matching funds and committee approval; proposed by Vice Mayor Rick Heumann.
• $5,000 for swim lesson scholarships for qualified participants from 3 to 17. This will allow the aquatics program to provide approximately 200 free swim lessons to youth residing in Chandler households who qualify, based on the Maricopa County Very Low Income Limits (50 percent of median income) for Section 8 Housing guidance; Heumann proposed the amendment.