$1.5-M operating grant approved for SJSE

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St. John's city council Monday night approved a $1.5-million annual operating grant for 2010 for St. John's Sports and Entertainment (SJSE), which operates Mile One Centre and the St. John's Convention Centre.

Coun. Danny Breen, council's representative on the SJSE board, made a motion in favour of the SJSE budget and requested funding, pointing out that this is down from $1.75 million provided by the city in the last budget and down from $2.1 million in 2007.

Coun. Danny Breen discusses St. John's Sports and Entertainment's 2010 budget during city council's meeting Monday night. - Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

St. John's city council Monday night approved a $1.5-million annual operating grant for 2010 for St. John's Sports and Entertainment (SJSE), which operates Mile One Centre and the St. John's Convention Centre.

Coun. Danny Breen, council's representative on the SJSE board, made a motion in favour of the SJSE budget and requested funding, pointing out that this is down from $1.75 million provided by the city in the last budget and down from $2.1 million in 2007.

"There's been a great success at Mile One and the convention centre in terms of improving the financial position," Breen said. "This committee, the board, and management and staff should be congratulated for the job they've done here in bringing the finances in line."

Breen's motion was seconded by Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff and approved unanimously by council.

Coun. Tom Hann, who is often outspoken about how city taxpayers' money is spent, seemed impressed with the improved financial picture for SJSE.

"As everybody knows, I've been kind of outspoken on the history of Mile One and I'd like to reiterate what Coun. Breen has said. I'd like to thank the board. They're a volunteer board and they've been working diligently for a couple of years and they've affected some change," Hann said, referring to the reduction in the city operating grant.

"That's to be commended," Hann said. "It's my understanding the board and the management are also looking at some other cost-saving measures wherever they can around the operation of the building and so on, and that will only enhance the bottom line as well.

Hann said, in fact, it wouldn't surprise him, considering the improvements to this point, if SJSE might "come in with a little surplus by the end of the year."

"Or at least I would hope that they would because things have been going good over there, so all I want to say is job well done and thank the volunteers for their effort," Hann said.

SJSE's 2010 budget estimates revenues - including the city's $1.5-million operating grant - will total more than $5.8 million.

Entertainment and events account for most of the revenues, at more than $2.1 million.

Sales and marketing is estimated to bring in $762,246 and the convention centre brings in more than $1.38 million.

On the expense side, entertainment and events are estimated to cost about $1.4 million in 2010, while technical service and building maintenance are estimated at more than $1.84 million.

General and administrative costs are estimated at $851,806 and sales and marketing at $243,325.

Expenses associated with the convention centre are estimated at more than $1.46 million in 2010.

dss@thetelegram.com

Organizations: St. John's Convention Centre, SJSE board

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Does anyone else notice that the word sports doesn't appear anywhere in this article except for the name SJSE? Nor does the word hockey . And these folks are congratulating one another for a job well done.

    If the only priority in my office was to decrease costs I could easily do it just like SJSE - just send everyone home and stop producing the primary product we were created for. Then in a year's time, my remaining colleagues and I could sit around and pat each other on the back about how much money we've saved.

    Stop spreading salt in the winter - you'll be amazed at how much money you'll save on the old salt budget!

    What's that? Hockey is not important to the city? Might I ask then why it built a hockey arena? Either way - whatever side of the hockey debate fence you come down on, I would hope that any gentle reader will note that this story is propaganda. And that the merrymaking at City Hall with not one soul standing up to ask why there is no sports franchise in the sports facility is an insult to the electorate's collective intelligence.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Does anyone else notice that the word sports doesn't appear anywhere in this article except for the name SJSE? Nor does the word hockey . And these folks are congratulating one another for a job well done.

    If the only priority in my office was to decrease costs I could easily do it just like SJSE - just send everyone home and stop producing the primary product we were created for. Then in a year's time, my remaining colleagues and I could sit around and pat each other on the back about how much money we've saved.

    Stop spreading salt in the winter - you'll be amazed at how much money you'll save on the old salt budget!

    What's that? Hockey is not important to the city? Might I ask then why it built a hockey arena? Either way - whatever side of the hockey debate fence you come down on, I would hope that any gentle reader will note that this story is propaganda. And that the merrymaking at City Hall with not one soul standing up to ask why there is no sports franchise in the sports facility is an insult to the electorate's collective intelligence.