By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Members of the Quincy Civic Center Authority adopted a $1.77 million budget Wednesday that projects a $9,173 profit.
Rob Ebbing, executive director of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, said the budget has a 4.4 percent increase in income for the fiscal year that starts May 1.
"We've been bringing in more events and sales on concessions and bar sales. The budget is adjusted to take that into consideration," Ebbing said.
Expenses also would climb 2.8 percent in the budget, but part of the increased spending will not be considered until next month. Ebbing had factored in salary increases of 4 percent for staff members. That issue was tabled until the May meeting.
A grant sought for several years from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity also may be moving forward.
Ebbing said the $800,000 request would be used to make improvements to the electrical systems in Kent and McClain Halls and would build a warehouse.
"They have assigned a grant number. A lot of times that means there's some progress on a grant, but I know there are times when grants are approved, but not funded," Ebbing said.
Gems baseball projects a slight surplus, with $334,080 in income and $329,200 in expenses.
Gems season is set to begin at QU-Stadium on May 29. A new exclusive area called the Mountain will be available at the left field deck. Individuals paying a $20 entry fee will have free food and up to five drink tickets.