PAC Budget Announcement - FY 2018-19

June 25, 2018

As PAC has prepared for the impacts of the recently amended Joint Powers Agreement, the budget has been a primary focus.  To review the specifics of the updated Joint Powers Agreement, CLICK HERE to read the April 2018 Press Release “The ‘New’ News of PAC.”  In short, due to decreased oil and gas tax revenue and the restructuring of the funding allocation from the Sublette County School District #1 recreation mil levy, PAC will receive $1,163,000 from the SCSD#1 rec mil for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  This is a near 42% decrease from the $2 million allocated this past fiscal year. The SCSD#1 rec mil is the primary funding source for PAC, providing 66% of our overall projected revenue for the 2018-2019 fiscal year with the remaining funds being accounted for by membership, use, and program fees (18%) and reserve funds (16%).

 

As a result, PAC has worked diligently through every line item in the budget to strategically reduce our overall operating budget to $1.75 million, a 28% decrease from the $2.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.  CLICK HERE to view the 2018-2019 Budget.

 

PAC has worked relentlessly to maintain programs and operations with little adverse effect to public offerings despite undergoing a near 30% budget reduction in 2016 which included wage and benefit reductions and the elimination of four full-time positions.  Current budget reductions will result in additional reductions to staffing hours, the elimination of a full-time position, reductions to supply and service budgets in addition to the following public impacts:

 

As of July 1, 2018

  • Both pools will open at 8am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  The remainder of the weekdays (Mon, Wed, Fri) the pools will continue to open at 5am.

  • PAC will be closed on Sundays year round.

As of September 1, 2018

  • Both pools will be closed on Mon-Thurs from 1pm-3pm for public use (excluding summer and non-school days)

  • Both pools will close two days per week at 6pm - the days are TBD.  Usage trends are being evaluated to select the days with the lowest trend use.  (excluding summer)

  • The Competition Pool will close at 2pm on Saturdays with the exception of weekends scheduled with the Challenge Track (most often once per month).

  • Free Senior times will be eliminated - those ages 60 and older will be eligible to purchase a senior pass or pay a senior daily visit rate.  The age for Super Seniors (receive free admission at all times) will be reduced from 80 to 75. PAC membership scholarships are available to help offset the expense of passes for eligible applicants.

As we anticipate a similar rec mill allocation for future years, our focus is securing additional funding to sustain PAC operations and the services that the community has come to love and expect.  A 501(c)3 “Friends of PAC” non-profit has been developed and has a dedicated group of volunteer board members who are working on fundraising, setting up means for accepting donations, and applying for grants on behalf of PAC.  We have focused our advertising on out-of-county to attract visitors and capitalize on the tourism industry. Conversations with the town and county about the development of partnerships are in the near future. We are also in the process of reviewing the nearly 200 responses received from our community survey and presenting the results to our governing Joint Powers Board.  Thank you to those who completed the survey and for your involvement and voice for PAC. We will continue striving to offer exceptional recreational services to Sublette County and working towards sustaining PAC in to perpetuity.

 

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