Vernon's Aquatic Center's Expected Loss

The aquatic center in Vernon is expected to lose more than $14,000 this season.

The reason for the loss actually has nothing to do with the city's current financial troubles.

The Orbison Aquatic Center has operated for the past four years and has never made money; it's always been operated at a deficit.

The total projected revenue for the 2014-2015 season is $88,000. That includes:

  • Aquatic Center Passes: $2,000.00
  • Aquatic Center Gate Fees: $56,000.00
  • Aquatic Center Party Rentals: $16,000.00
  • Aquatic Center Concessions: $14,000.00

The total projected expenses equal to $102,732.00 and include wages, utilities, chemicals for the pool, concession costs and repairs.

Public Works Director, Darell Kennon, and other Vernon city officials already have a plan in place.

"This year, we went from $3.50 to $5 on the gate fee.  The Mayor and Commissioners directed us to not make a profit on the pool.  They would like to see it close to running even because the citizens of Vernon expect us to run it as economically," said Kennon.

It is also affordable.

"$5 to some people is a lot of money if you have several family members, but for the quality of the facility we have and the amount of time that you can spend here, I think $5 is a reasonable rate," said Kennon.

In addition to the entry increase, the aquatic center has added an annual pass for $75 each and an annual family passes for $250 with up to five family members.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6