MONTICELLO — It may not be a huge, but for the first time the municipal pool made money this summer.
City Parks and Recreation Director Carlos McClellan told city council members this week that operating costs were around $135,000, while the facility took in just over $140,000.
Utility bills for the winter will likely wipe away all but about $500 of this year's profit, but that should not diminish the budget-balancing accomplishment recreation staff made in just the second year of the new aquatic center, said Superintendent of City Services Floyd Allsop.
"This is the first time I've heard of any swimming pool being in the black," said Allsop. "From talking to other communities, typically whatever the expenses are, you can take about 75 percent (of that figure) as revenue."
The numbers do not include debt service on the $3 million in bonds taken out to construct the Monticello Family Aquatic Center, completed in 2010.
McClellan said the warm weather helped for most of the 2012 season but was tempered by low attendance weeks at the beginning and end of the summer season when the weather was cooler than normal.