Feature Article - June 2008
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The Deep End

Perhaps reflective of this, those with aquatic facilities were also more likely to have seen an increase in their revenues from 2006 to 2007, and they also were more likely to project an increase from 2007 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2009, though the differences were not large. While 38.7 percent of all respondents said their revenues had increased from 2006 to 2007, 41.6 percent of those with aquatic facilities said their revenues had increased in that same time period. And while 42.5 percent of all respondents project an increase from 2008 to 2009, 46.6 percent of those with aquatic facilities were projecting an increase.

Respondents were also asked to report on their operating expenditures for their aquatic facilities for fiscal 2007, as well as projecting their expectations for those costs through fiscal 2009. Respondents with aquatic facilities were expecting a slightly higher increase in their costs over the next couple of years compared to respondents across the board. While the average respondent reporting on their entire operating budget projected an increase of 12.1 percent from nearly $1.4 million in fiscal 2007 to just over $1.5 million in fiscal 2009, those reporting on their aquatic operating expenditures projected a jump of 15.4 percent from $383,700 in fiscal 2007 to $442,600 in fiscal 2009. (See Figure 37.)