Over the past three fiscal years, reductions in revenues associated with reduced federal spending at Los Alamos National Laboratory have made balancing the budget at Los Alamos County without a reduction in service very challenging.
Over the past five years, the County’s gross receipts tax (GRT) collections have fallen 29 percent, with the greatest impacts to funds that rely on that revenue source—primarily the General Fund. County revenues have declined while expenses have continued to rise.
In order to meet the target of a 1 percent reduction in General Fund expenditure, the decision has been made to reduce Aquatic Center hours by one hour at the end of the evenings, closing at 7 p.m. rather than 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
To determine which hour to close, PROS staff reviewed usage during service hours over the past few years and pinpointed times with the lowest usage during pool operating hours. Usage statistics showed that only about 5-7 pool users would be inconvenienced by the earlier closure.
This minimal cut in service hours will save the taxpayers about $31,000 in operational overhead and staffing cost, and will allow for the continuation of quality service and programs during the hours that the pool is open.
The open boating program will continue to be offered at the Aquatic Center starting an hour earlier at 7 p.m., Tuesdays beginning July 7, throughout the summer.