The city’s recreation funds and proposed budgets for the upcoming year were presented to the Chaska City Council during a work session on Monday, Dec. 3.
The work session was part of the council’s annual budget discussions, before its Dec. 17 final tax levy vote. During the meeting, the council and city staff discussed Chaska’s recreation funds, which includes the Chaska Town Course, Par 30, Chaska Community Center and the Chaska Curling and Event Center.
The city projects that the Chaska Curling and Event Center’s revenue and expenditures would each be $2.8 million, according to a presentation by City Administrator Matt Podhradsky.
Revenues for the Curling and Event Center include funds from Crooked Pint Ale House, which operates out of the facility. The restaurant paid approximately $400,000 to the city. Other sources of revenue include membership and league fees, which totaled $420,000; Event Center rentals, which totaled $120,000; and corporate events, which totaled $210,000.
The Curling Center has 950 members, and in 2019, city staff proposes increasing membership dues by $15. The membership would cover half of the cost each member would have to pay to belong to the U.S. Curling Association.
In 2019, Chaska will be working with USCA to become an official training center and Olympic training facility. If it becomes an official training center, Curling Center members will also have to be members of the USCA, according to Podhradsky.
City staff is also proposing adding a facility coordinator position at a cost of $60,000, according to the presentation.
City staff is proposing an increase to Chaska Town Course rates.
Rates for residents playing 18 holes with a cart would increase $1, to $60 on the weekdays and increase from $64 to $67 on weekends. Rates for non-residents would increase from $83 to $86.25 on weekdays and from $89 to $92 on weekends.
Revenue for the Town Course decreased during the 2018 golf season, since it snowed during April, its first month of operation. The course generated about $100,000 less in green fee revenue than the city had budgeted, according to Podhradsky’s presentation to the council.
Oak 19, which operates at the Town Course, had a total revenue of $46,623 and a budget of $45,000. The restaurant leases the spot from the city for 5.5 percent of food sales and 10.5 percent of alcohol sales.
Staff expects the Town Course to be operating at a $93,811 deficit, with revenues totaling $2,142,100 and expenditures at $2,235,911. The city will fund equipment replacement with $137,000 in financing.
Staff also proposed increasing prices at the Par 30 by $0.50 per round. The city is working with Learning Links to completely redesign the course to draw more people and to make it more accessible for those with disabilities.
At the Chaska Community Center, membership revenue is slated to increase by 4.5 percent in 2019.
The city will also add a manager position to the Community Center, who will assess all the improvements needed and recommend how to structure rates over the next five years. The city projects revenue will equal expenses at about $3.8 million, according to the presentation.
The city saw a $100,000 increase in memberships after it offered free drop-in classes and daycare in 2018, according to Podhradsky. Other sources of revenue for the Community Center include leases with Breakaway Academy for $108,000; St. Francis Capable Kids for $147,828; and District 112 for $25,000, according to Podhradsky.
In 2018, the city replaced fitness equipment and installed new flooring at the Community Center.
The city’s contract with the city of Carver, which allows Carver residents to use Chaska facilities at resident rates, is up for re-negotiation in 2019, according to Podhradsky. The new contract will also include programming of events, he said.