COUNCIL-operated facilities will continue to run as normal despite more money flowing out of these services, than the cash coming in.
The Oasis Aquatic Centre has been projected to lose about $1.4 million in operating costs next financial year whereas the Wagga Library will run at a $2.2 million loss.
The art gallery, civic centre and museum, likewise, will prove to be costly as the council struggles to close the gap between the income and operating expenses of these community facilities.
Wagga council's general manager Peter Thompson, however said it is "stock standard' for these types of services to run at a loss - and not just in Wagga, but in all regional areas.
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He said the council was not considering specific programs to close the gap because they want these facilities to be affordable for as many families as possible.
"The community has us providing these facilities on the understanding that we do make a loss from it, but they want the services there," he said.
For the aquatic centre, specifically, Mr Thompson said the council could reduce operating hours, limit the amount of people in the pool so that there were less lifeguard wages to pay or apply a fees for service.
"All those measures would reduce the availability of those facilities in the community and that is why we don't do it," he said.
"Increasing the entry fee to make it break-even would put facilities like the pool beyond reach for many families, in fact there would be many that could argue, even now, the entry cost is too dear."
Mr Thompson said the council will only change its approach when the community gives it a clear direction.
"If the community came to council and said we don't want you to provide one of those facilities or only on the basis that it pays its way then that is what we will respond to," he said.
"It is not up to council staff, nor councillors to a degree, that we embark on that without a clear direction from the community if that is what they want to happen."