While construction of the Huether Family Aquatic Center is well underway, and with an uncertain future ahead for municipal revenues, city officials are voicing concerns about the long-term cost of operating the new facility.
City Manager Amy Leon says steps are being taken to make sure that any funds donated for construction of the aquatic center by the public is actually used for that purpose and not another cost associated with the project.
Leon says one idea that is being explored is establishing a perpetual care fund to help pay for maintenance and upkeep.
Leon says like nearly all municipal facilities, since the new aquatic center is expected to operate at a loss, the goal is keep that figure to a minimum.
Once it has opened, Leon says it will take a year or more before the total costs of operating the Huether Family Aquatic Center is actually known.