The budget includes $134,200 toward the new swimming hall complex at Caporella Aquatic Center; $6,500 to buy carp that eat weeds in canals; $18,000 for canal maintenance in the Woodlands; and $80,000 for a 20-passenger, handicapped-accessible bus that can be used for youth recreation programs in the evening and to shuttle seniors to shops and medical appointments by day.

The budget also includes $12,000 to replace the furnishings inside the fire stations, including the kitchen; $16,000 to repaint the Tamarac Community Center, at 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., which hasn't been painted in seven years and which has cracks beginning to form; $1.1 million to install new water mains from Southgate Boulevard to Northwest 77th Street; and $1.5 million to replace water mains in Shaker Village.

City commissioners will get a pay raise. The city is setting aside $225,900 for salaries for the five elected politicians, and their combined two staff people, up from $209,900 last year. The benefits such as cell phones, life insurance and health insurance will rise to $208,300, up from $192,000.

Part of the budget requests commissioners to approve $10,000 in printing costs for direct mailings to encourage residents to recycle more. Because residents recycle, the city saves about $90,000 each year in disposal fees, and gains an extra $350,000 each year for participating.

"Failure to improve public education may negatively impact the city's revenue stream due to reduced participation," City Manager Jeff Miller warns in the budget.

Taxpayers will also shell out $928,300 in charitable contributions, up from $738,400 last year. The city chose to give money to 18 agencies; some benefit Alzheimer's victims, others help the blind and still others help senior citizens. The agencies also include the Broward Coalition for the Homeless, the American Red Cross, the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce and Women in Distress.

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