Midland City Council decides how to pay for Sports Complex deficit

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Midlanders will continue picking up the slack for the Scharbauer Sports Complex.

After a public hearing, the City Council voted six to one to continue paying off the complex's deficit through the city's reserve fund.

The other option was to allot an already existing sales tax for the purpose which Midlanders didn't vote for.

Now, it's up to the City and the complex's tenants to find ways to increase revenue.

"There's lots of new ways to drive new revenue, we already have some things in place from the City's share in some of the suites out at the ballpark, and that's going to drive new revenue, so it's a great thing, just more events," RockHounds General Manager Monty Hoppel said.

The cost to operate and maintain the complex is close to a million dollars, while the revenue is only 3 to 4-hundred-thousand.

The goal now will be to reduce that gap.