Park and recreation fees set to increase

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November 27, 2014 9:09 AM

Fees are set to increase for facility rentals and membership passes to public facilities. The increase will take effect on Jan. 1. - File Photo

Fees to use the city’s facilities will be going up starting Jan. 1, 2015.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Councillors voted to raise the fees and charges for use of the parks and recreation facilities. The public report states that the increase is still well below the average of other municipalities in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Coun. Larry Sauer said that one of the major reasons behind the increase in fees was the cost of operating facilities has increased over the last two years.

“Even if the cost would have stayed the same, the cost of doing business, including utilities go up, so we have to take a look at that,” said Sauer.

Sauer added that the increase will help with cost recovery as well.

Asked if he thought people might be upset with the small increase, Sauer said that he doesn’t expect a lot of people to be completely OK with the increase.

“The truth is that no users are going to be happy with the increase, but the key thing is that it’s a very small increase,” he said.

“Overall, I think that it’s an increase that groups and individuals can budget for.”

Sauer said that people know that there is always going to be somewhat of an increase.

“Just doing business costs more,” he said. “All things being equal, it costs more to do business, so therefore it costs the city more to do business as well.

“I think people will understand that it will be a reasonable increase.”

The increases will see ball diamonds and soccer pitches increase by an average of 18 per cent in 2015, and then 21 per cent in 2016.

To rent the field houses at the Servus Sport Centre, the groups will see and increase of two per cent over this years cost and an additional two per cent the following year.

Swimming lessons at Lloydminster pools will see an increase of four per cent in 2015, and then an additional three per cent the following year.

An adult acquiring a 10-lesson pass for public swimming is currently charged $60 and he increase will see adults/teens being charged $62.50 in 2015, and then in 2016, being charged $65.

For a single swim pass the cost will go up 25 cents each year. This year, the cost of the swim pass is $6.75, starting in 2015 it will go up to $7.

Sauer said that teams and organizations that have rented out facilities already for next year will not see an additional charge, as the fees will only increase as of Jan. 1.

The last time the fees were increased through parks and recreation, was back in 2013, according to Sauer.

“It’s not a matter of importance at this time, but it’s something that council takes a look at either yearly, or bi-annually, and update our fees.”

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