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Citizen asks when Casper Events Center and Hogadon will no longer need subsidizing

(Trevor Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper citizen Dennis Steensland spoke during the Tuesday April 16 City Council meeting.

Steensland wanted to know when the Council thinks the Casper Events Center and Hogadon Basin Ski Area will be able to operate without receiving subsidies from the City.

“When are you going to get some money back on that?” Steensland asked. “At some point they’ve got to be able to start supporting themselves.”

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He added that he thinks both the Events Center and Hogadon are important to Casper and said he wasn’t suggesting the City should discontinue support of them. But Steensland did raise a question about an audit of the Events Center.

Casper Mayor Charlie Powell said that a recent audit of the Events Center suggested that their accounting is in order.

“The audit was clean, we just need more people in those seats,” Powell said.

City Manager Carter Napier said that the City would likely need to provide around $994,000 in subsidies. He said that he thought Hogadon was moving in the right direction in terms of becoming profitable.

Powell also said that he thought Hogadon was likely moving in a positive direction in terms of profitability.

“All the anecdotal reports were positive,” he said.

Napier said that the picture would become more clear as Council works to deliver a fiscal year 2020 budget in May.

Powell said that while the amount the City needs to subsidize the Events Center and Hogadon could decrease, a situation where the City does not have to provide any subsidies is not on the near horizon.

“The likelihood that it will go to zero, is likely zero,” he said.