The recreation center at the municipal complex in Wylie requires city funding to keep it afloat, and Wylie City Council members want to see a long-term plan formulated for its operation and blend it in with a master plan.
Receiving a consultant’s feedback will be part of the council’s direction to the city.
In preparation for the upcoming FY22 Budget, staffers want council to examine the current revenues and expenses related to the Wylie Recreation Center, which is located in the City Hall complex.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple closures that include the February winter storm and the elimination of some other days on the calendar, expenses and revenues for the Wylie Recreation Center have been affected, city officials said. All operations for recreation facilities are funded from 4B sales tax revenues in addition to some park operations and a debt payment for the Municipal Complex property, city officials said.
The fees have remained virtually unchanged since the facility opened in February 2011, officials said, with a current chart showing the expenses for the center to be $1.8 million — a little over $1 million is for staff — and revenues being $554,750.
Mayor Matthew Porter said he thinks the center has to examine its recovery rate, as the city is subsidizing the center at a rate of $1.25 million each year. Porter said the city has to make the recreation center viable long term. The city is considering expanding its recreation facilities, including an aquatics center, and will need to help fund the costs of those offerings.
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By Don Munsch • [email protected]