Why are other rec centers able to provide lower rates to their residents than Bedford has proposed for the Center?

One of the common questions Bedford has received is in regard's to the City of Grapevine's recreational facility and its rates. Grapevine collects almost triple the amount of sales tax that Bedford does, and has approximately the same population. The extra sales tax enables them to subsidize the operational costs so their membership rates are less. There are additional reasons why other Cities are able to offer lower rates. First, their rec centers are much older so their debt service costs are either minimal or non-existent. Second, those facilities typically don't offer the modern and wide variety of amenities that Bedford will offer. Finally, Bedford is still doing its due diligence to see if rates can be lowered any further. However, any subsidy will reduce the amount of funds that the City can use to provide other services.

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1. Why is the City of Bedford considering outsourcing the operational side of The Center?
2. How would the City be affected financially if it had to operate the Center?
3. Why is the City only considering outsourcing the operations to the YMCA? Are there any other companies that would qualify to operate the Center?
4. What are the rate benefits if the City chose the YMCA to operate the Center?
5. Why are other rec centers able to provide lower rates to their residents than Bedford has proposed for the Center?
6. How would seniors benefit from the City partnering with the YMCA?
7. Would the City still have its senior programs at Old Bedford School?
8. Would any City of Bedford employees be negatively affected by the YMCA operating the Center?
9. How long will the initial operations agreement be for between the City and YMCA?
10. How will the City of Bedford hold the YMCA accountable?
11. If the YMCA operated the Center, it’s understandable the facility will need to have signage with the YMCA brand on it. How will the City of Bedford and YMCA co-brand the Center?
12. What happens if the City no longer wants the YMCA to operate the Center?
13. If the YMCA operates the Center, what would they be responsible for?
14. Who would own the fitness equipment if the YMCA operated the Center?
15. What would happen to the existing YMCA building?
16. How would the YMCA be incentivized to grow the Center’s membership?
17. If any YMCA member is able to use the Center, is there a concern members from outside Bedford would overrun the facility?
18. Would the Center still have day passes for anyone wishing to use the aquatic facilities for a day?
19. Will there be fitness classes with the YMCA operating the facility?
20. Will the community be able to rent rooms at the Center?
21. Will the YMCA be responsible for planning/conducting the City’s special events?