Recreation department looking at increases in user fees

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 02:12 PM.

The Havelock Recreation Advisory Board has been looking into the possibility of increasing user fees. Though specifics have not been completed, the board plans to approach Havelock’s Board of Commissioners with a proposal this month.

Smith said the goal would be to increase fees enough to generate revenue to cover about 15 percent of the department’s budget. That would account for $54,252 this fiscal year.

"We’re looking at a pretty ambitious goal here, but it’s still something we’re going to strive for," Smith said.

An increase in fees could filter down to the youth leagues, which may have to charge parents more to have their children participate to make up for the increases in city charges.

Smith said he did not think an increase in fees would keep people away from the recreation center or from participating in those youth leagues.

"It’s all recreation for all people," he said. "That’s what we try to do here as a staff, provide all recreation for all people."

Smith admits that he wished there could be more cultural and arts programs within the department, but he said he’s open to suggestions on how to improve the programs.

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