By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily
For the first time in its history annual revenues at the Nelson and District Community Centre have topped the $1 million mark.
In 2010 the facility generated $1 million in admission revenue, said Joe Chirico, general manager of Community Services with the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the governmental body that oversees the operation of the NDCC in partnership with the City of Nelson.
“This (revenue) is enabling the directors and management to look at the capital projects that we have in order to bring the building up to a 30-year standard, particularly in the aquatics area and the fitness centre,” said Chirico.
The rise in revenue of around 10 per cent was a combination of two factors, said Chirico: previous management’s fiscal strategy (from director of recreation Bernie Van Hooft) that had been implemented; and the Nelson and District Recreation Commission recognizing the facility receives over $2.5 million in taxation and they needed to increase self generated revenue.
“It was both cost control and some rate increases,” said Chirico.
Although the problem area of covering capital costs is being dealt with by the larger revenue influx, by no means are the NDCC coffers “overflowing with money,” Chirico cautioned.
“There are lot of challenges, particularly in the aquatic centre, to bring it up to a modern standard,” he said.
In March of 2010 Nelson Mayor John Dooley became frustrated when the RDCK levied a 6.1 per cent increase in Nelsonite's tax bills — or around $23 more on a $265,000 house assessment.
But the biggest increase was the cost for the NDCC, with around $83,000 needed for reserves for roof repair on the aquatic centre.
The extra revenues last year will help ease that tax requisition this year, said Chirico.