The pool employees use the passes quite often, for obvious reasons. I can’t remember the number, but out of 100ish full-time employees, a good fraction had used their passes at least once–and we’re only in the first year.
All the research shows that providing employees with the means to stay in shape saves money in the long run because the employees, generally, remain healthier.
Obviously the passes might not be used by every full-time employee–but that’s to be expected. We’re still within the first year of this policy–it will take at least a full year to get a good idea of how popular the passes are… and much longer than a year to start seeing the savings of money.
The way I see it, the passes are revenue neutral. It doesn’t cost the tax payer any extra to provide the employees with the passes themselves–all the facilities are in place. It’s not like this is a private gym and the tax payers actually have to help pay the bill. Hopefully, eventually the City will be able to redistribute money they would have spent on health benefits, sick leave, and similar things and spend it in other areas of need.