Acadia National Park Preliminary Budget

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park this week received preliminary budget figures for fiscal year 2009, which began Sept. 30, 2008. And the news was good. The preliminary budget includes a base increase of $359,000 for operations and $149,000 to cover the mandated 3.5 percent pay increase that went into effect Jan. 9.

Budget numbers are considered preliminary, explained deputy superintendent Len Bobinchock, because the only assessments reflected in the budget are those for uniforms and contingency funds – funds that cover unexpected emergencies in the Northeast region. He anticipates there will be additional assessments.

Since Oct. 1, the park has operated on a series of continuing resolutions that allowed it to operate at the same level as in the previous fiscal year.

The park also received $750,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act to purchase properties within the boundary established by Congress in 1986. The act specifies that royalties from offshore drilling and exploration may be used by national, state or local governments to purchase land or fund projects of public interest.

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