Hays to reimburse HRC half of pool operating losses in 2017

Hays Aquatic Park (Courtesy HRC)

The city of Hays will make a $28,519.39 payment to the Hays Recreation Commission (HRC) to help cover operating losses by the two swimming pools in 2017.

The city contracts with HRC to manage the pools. Their contract requires any operating loss or surplus incurred by HRC to be shared evenly with the city “as long as the Contractor’s portion of the loss does not exceed $26,000.”

According to Director of Parks Jeff Boyle, in 2017 the HRC loss was $54,519.39. Boyle requested the Hays city commission reimburse HRC $28,519.39, the full 50 percent of the loss. Commissioners unanimously approved the request during their Jan. 8 meeting.

Boyle told commissioners “attendance was down this year and weather played a big part in that. We had good rains early in the season, with cool temperatures in June and again in August.”

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