The Zionsville Town Council approved the town’s 2007 budget at a special meeting Saturday, Sept. 23.

The town should collect about $9.1 million in revenue in 2007 and begin with a balance of about $4.8 million.

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department’s budget had the largest increase, nearly doubling from about $454,000 in 2006 to about $811,000 next year. The largest increases in the parks department’s 2007 budget are for land acquisition, the installation of pathways and the hiring of a naturalist who will run the Zion Nature Center and work closely with schools, the Zionsville library and other community organizations.

The Zionsville Street Department’s budget also increased to almost $2.2 million, an increase of more than 20 percent. The increases in the 2007 street department budget are due to $600,000 being earmarked for street repairs, increased from about $350,000 being spent on street repair in 2006. The department is also budgeting $450,000 in 2007 to acquire land and construct a pathway along Starkey Avenue from Ford Road to Starkey Park.

The budget of the Zionsville Police Department is $1.8 million, an increase of $30,000. The department is planning to spend $50,000 in 2007 on a new two-bay garage, nearly $50,000 for in-car digital video cameras and another $50,000 for in-car laptop upgrades, but saved $160,000 by canceling a payment to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for dispatch service.

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