New center budget cuts $100,000-plus from expenses

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Dawn Stiles presented her 2014-15 budget to the board of directors July 1. She cut spending by $101,738.

The total expenses for 2014-15 are $937,138 compared with $1,038,876 for 2013-14. The center’s fiscal year is from July through June.

The board approved the budget, which will be presented to the public July 14, during a 6 p.m. meeting at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

One budget slice resulted from the elimination of an assistant executive director. Scott Dell, who held the position, resigned in June.

Approximately $60,000 was cut from salaries.

For 2014-15, Stiles estimated two major revenue producing programs to be the Island Affaire gala, bringing in $148,605 in revenue, and direct donations, bringing in $171,018.

Stiles estimated $53,630 in direct grant revenue and $83,029 in direct assistance from Manatee County.

In Stiles’ budget, the center’s net income is $43,909. From that amount, the center would pay $38,990 in debt service and $4,700 in capital expenses, leaving $219 as the net income for the fiscal year.

The new budget and cost-cutting measures followed  the June 4 “Save Our Center” public meeting, where Stiles and board chair Scott Rudacille informed the public that the center was in a financial crisis and on the verge of shutting its doors.

An outpouring of donations followed — more than $72,000 — plus the the pledge from an anonymous donor to match contributions up to $50,000.


Board expansion

At its July 1 meeting, the board unanimously approved adding new members to the existing directors. Existing board members include Rudacille, Blair Schlossburg David Teitelbaum, Jason Sato, Erin Heckler and Cindy Thompson.

Under the center’s bylaws, four vacancies remain on the board. Anyone interested in serving on the board or as a center volunteer can call the center to express interest at 941-778-1908.

The new members are:

• Ed Chiles, Anna Maria resident, owner of two restaurants on Anna Maria Island and one on Longboat Key, and a member of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council.

• Mike Coleman, Anna Maria resident, business owner and member of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board.

• Rex Hagen, well-known philanthropist and Anna Maria Island resident of many years who frequently donates to public projects on Anna Maria Island. Hagen funded the tennis courts at the center many years ago.

• Michael Selby, businessman, former mayor of Anna Maria and volunteer at the center.

• David Welch, retired businessman.

Efforts to reach Janczewski and McManaway were unsuccessful.


‘Save Our Center’ meet set

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host a second “Save Our Center” meeting Monday, July 14, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the center gym, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Executive director Dawn Stiles said board chair Scott Rudacille will announce new board members, and the new budget and growth strategy will be discussed. Questions from the audience will be addressed as well.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

2 thoughts on “New center budget cuts $100,000-plus from expenses

  1. Anne Reed

    It’s great that the Center has activities for kids and athletes, but you may be overlooking a possible
    resource of income and activities – senior citizens.
    I grew up in Bradenton, and my husband and I have owned a place in Holmes Beach for many years.We split our time between AMI and Calif. We were surprised and disappointed when the Center opened, that there were virtually no senior activities. In our Calif. town there is an active senior center, which is packed full of seniors enjoying everything from all kinds of exercise classes,art and crafts, movies, bus trips to fun locations,special occasion dances, concerts, etc.
    There are many retired seniors on AMI, many of whom have time, and discretionary income, to spend on interesting things like the above.
    My suggestion is that you explore this untapped resource. Good luck…
    The Reed family

    1. bonnerj

      maybe you should check on the programs offered. summer includes camps for kids, but winter has many adult programs to offer, adult ballet, yoga, pilates, exercise facility, healthy cooking classes, and much more. Dances, dinner shows, dinner theater … You’re missing out…. maybe the center can respond directly. They have one staffmember devoted to adult programs.


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