Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BCRC reports pool season ended with nearly $10,000 deficit

November 23, 2011

Nearly three months after the Baldwin City Municipal Pool closed, Steve Friend reported a loss of about $10,000 from the 2011 summer.

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission Director explained the reasons at the Baldwin City Council meeting on Nov. 7.

“Revenue is down $4,000-$5,000 from the previous year,” Friend said. “We're still higher than we have been in other years, but we're down this year. Expenditures are up, but that was anticipated because minimum wage went up. We talked about that last year.”

The pool's revenue dropped from $95,899.93 in 2010 to $91,433.63 this summer. In 2009, the pool's revenue was $86,840.90, but it jumped $9,000 in 2010.

Meanwhile, the expenditures increased for the second-consecutive year. They went from 85,752.84 in 2009 to 97,122.49 in 2010 to 101,218.64 this summer.

Mayor Ken Wagner asked if the financial difficulties of the pool could be blamed on the revenue or the expenditures.

“I think it's a little bit of both,” Friend said. “If we would have had $4,000 more revenue like the year before and then we saw what we talked about with the wages going up. I think it was a combination of those two.”

He was asked by a city council member if he expects the pool to ever break even financially or make money.

“I don't know too many pools that will break even, let alone make money,” Friend said. “I think the Lawrence Outdoor Pool used to, but are considering closing in early August, because they are having the same problems with staffing.”

The city pool opened May 30, slightly later than expected because repairs and it closed Aug. 17. It stayed open two additional days to allow morning lap swim and a field trip from the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, where over 300 kids, grades 1-3 got to do scheduled activities under the direction of BESPC teacher Holly Gaylord.

Lap swimming was offered Monday through Saturday from 6:30-9 no charge to the public. The pool staff opened it 30 minutes earlier than it did in 2010 to allow for people going to work to get a quick workout.

During his report, Friend told the city council the pool had fewer pool parties this summer, which caused a $900 decrease in revenue.

“I was pretty proud of the fact that we didn't have green water until right at the very end,” Friend said. “For the most part, we were good all summer until that last week.”

He also gave a suggestion to the city council for an addition that might help bring in more revenue in 2012.

“The major thing I'd like to bring to the committee is a shade structure,” Friend said. “I'll get estimates on that. I think that's what would help the most is to have a shade structure.”


Highstreet 6 years, 10 months ago

"A swimming pool is a hole in the ground that you fill with money." Actually a $10K loss is probably not that bad.


Stacy Napier 6 years, 10 months ago

Haha, Good thing they don't have to pay retail for the water. That would have really cost them.


BigCat 6 years, 9 months ago

They might have actually made a profit had the water at the pool not been as hot as the weather! The excuse that the summer heat made it that way is BS. I have seen many a smaller pool not get anywhere near that warm during summers that were just as warm. This is a case of the heaters being left on, which probably contributed to the loss due to our city and their fabulous electric rates!


BaldwinDad 6 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps if not for the whole silly notion of a minimum wage actually helping people we could have hired extra workers and stayed open longer.

Seems silly to me that he Govt feels the need to tell you what you can charge for your labor and what a a private business(not in this case obviously) can pay. I'm sure we could have found kids or adults willing to do this job for less money given what it entails.

But more so BigCat is right the exorbitant utility rates paid by the pool is probably more a factor then the minimum wage. Also not to mention the warm water but the annoying music as well.


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