Many City Pools Losing Money in Mankato Area
LE CENTER, Minn. (AP) - City pools across Minnesota often end up losing money despite the number of people who flock to them to beat the heat during the summer months.
The Free Press examined pools in the Mankato area and found that many of them are operating with a loss, supplemented either by city money or other sources of revenue. But pools in Le Center and St. Peter haven't made significant increases to their pool passes and fees to make up for the loss.
Jane Timmerman, director of St. Peter's Community Center, says she doesn't think families should be charged so much that they can't afford to use the pool.
The center's pool has an operating budget over $175,000 and only brings in about $45,000 through pool passes and admission.