Money Bags

A sampling of the 2011 Great Park budget

So what is Larry Agran spending park money on in the upcoming annual budget? According to internal Great Park records obtained by the Weekly, here’s a sampling, and recall, there is no park yet:

• Government consultants: $9,848,714

• Park board salaries and benefits: $4,019,225

• Entertainment (excluding the air balloon): $1,735,000

• Legal fees: $1,025,000

• Balloon PR rides: $928,751

• Visitor-center operations: $850,000

• Employee retirement perks: $577,368

• Park history project: $285,000

• Contingency for unknown spending need: $240,000

• Trailer relocation: $160,000

• New office furniture: $150,000

• Copying charges: $104,631

• Park office relocation: $100,000

Irvine police protection: $100,000

• Out-of-town-conference travel: $55,000

• Carousel maintenance: $50,000

• Office supplies: $50,000

• Beepers to notify balloon riders it’s their turn: $30,000

• Staff overtime: $30,000

• Tree registration: $17,000

• Balloon-website maintenance: $15,000

• Postage: $15,000

• T-shirts: $9,000

Within that budget, Agran has set aside $200,000 for an agricultural consultant, $80,000 for a fund-raising consultant, $80,000 for an educational-program consultant, $90,000 for a park consultant, $125,000 for an arts and cultural consultant, $150,000 for a “strategic enterprises” consultant, $24,000 for a Sacramento lobbyist, $25,000 for an operational consultant, $280,000 for an aviation consultant, and $50,000 for an intellectual-property consultant. The board secretary makes $182,195. An office clerk makes $65,059. A part-time office clerk makes $44,661, while nine board members take their share of $110,705 from the park’s public kitty.

 
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