Daily American Republic
Poplar Bluff city manager Heath Kaplan attempted to address Black River Coliseum losses during a special city council meeting Wednesday. He estimated the losses at more than $1 million a year, including the cost of utilities, depreciation and the building loan payment. The coliseum losses have been calculated by the city as the money it costs general revenue to support the facility beyond operating and sales tax revenue. Cash losses at the event center were approximately $145,000 in 2013, according to budget documents released by Kaplan in December. Cash losses were about $112,000 for the pool and fitness center. Figures for 2014 are not available yet.