BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- It was this time last year when Warren County Parks and Rec was brainstorming ideas about funding the Aquatic Center. Here we are, nearly a year later, and the same topic is up for discussion.
Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director, says when you are serving others, making budget cuts to programs is extremely difficult.
"We looked at what was the least used program, where could we cut out money in a given location and it happened to be the pool," said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
This is when Parks and Rec officials solicited a cooperate sponsor to financially support the Aquatics Center entirely.
"Luckily, last year Commonwealth Health Corporation decided to come on board with us, offering therapeutic services in exchange for about $177,000. They would basically give to Warren County government, to operate the pool," said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
This allowed Warren County Parks and Rec to keep the pool open for public use, providing classes and open swimming. Unfortunately, this financial support is taking a downward spiral.
"Last Thursday, we received a notice that they would not be renewing their contract. They said it was a business decision on their end," said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
Kummer says it was a surprise to receive the notice.
"In working to CHC prior to this, about a month and a half ago, we had met with them. Things were going well, we were pretty optimistic that things were going to continue to move on," said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
Not only is Warren County Parks and Rec affected by the notice, but the non-renewal has also been sent to the owners of the facility, Warren County Public School District.
"Warren County Public Schools was just made aware of the situation on Thursday. At this point, we are looking at options and what it means for the future of the center," said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
"With that, it kind of puts us back into the same spot we were at last year. We currently do not have the funds to operate the pool at the $177,000 mark that it was last year,” said Chris Kummer, Warren County Parks and Rec Director.
Kummer says the future of the park has not been determined. Officials are beginning to brainstorm new ideas to support the aquatic center. CHC's contract expires August 1.