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The Nelson and District Community Complex is celebrating its best year on record, pulling in more than $1 million in revenue from drop-in fees, program fees and memberships in 2010.

Acting recreation manager Jodi Vousden says the bulk of that revenue has come from a major increase in membership sales.

More that 3,000 people purchased monthly, annual or lifetime memberships in 2010, almost four times as many as in 2009.

“I feel as though people are finding the benefit or value in having a pass and starting to max out their facility use,” she says.

“Those pass sales increasing makes a big difference.”

She also credits NDCC staff with improving and increasing the amount of programming at the complex.

The complex also made just under $300,000 in rental revenue, bringing its total revenue for the year to just under $1.3 million.

In addition to its own revenue, the complex picked up $2.5 million in taxpayer funding (Nelson’s contribution to the facility was hiked by more than $100,000 last spring). But Vousden says the complex is still nowhere close to making a profit.

However, the extra revenue means the complex likely won’t be asking for another tax increase as it did in 2009, Vousden says, and staff will be able to continue making upgrades to the facilities as needed.

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