By: Diane Benjamin
David Hales City Manager report for September is now on-line: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9344
7,369 divided by 47 events = 157 people per event.
Doesn’t the BCPA lose around a half a million a year? Doesn’t this clearly show too many events that not enough people attend?
This paragraph is on page 26 (Their numbered page)
Revenue from the gate admission was up 11.3% for the current fiscal year compared to last year’s revenue. Last year, the revenue raised from admissions broke the all-time record for the Zoo in a fiscal year. This represents the fourth consecutive year the all-time attendance revenue record was broken. Attendance was down 4.8% for the current fiscal year compared to last year’s attendance. A 4% Amusement tax began on 1 August 2014. The tax is included in this amount. Admission prices were raised on 1 January 2015. Revenue from Education Program Fees and Rentals was up 8.3% for the fiscal year compared to last year.
The first line talks about Revenue up. The third line talks about Attendance down 4.8%. The third and fourth lines say the 4% Amusement Tax if included in Revenue. The fourth line admits to price increases, but it doesn’t say how that affected Revenue.
The zoo is subsidized by taxpayers for over $600,000 per year: http://blnnews.com/2015/08/08/truth-about-the-zoo/
Obviously, even with price increases, the zoo is nowhere near breaking even.
The Finance Department report is NOT included this month.
That means the chart showing tax receipts is missing.
More extreme transparency from the City of Bloomington!