May 18, 2016 - 5:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - Recreation is about to get more expensive in Kamloops, with fees set to increase five per cent next year, and every two years after that.
Starting in 2017 fees will rise every two years for individuals and groups using city recreation facilities.
The city is attempting to recover 50 per cent of costs associated with recreation facilities through onsite fees. Currently the city is recovering 51.4 per cent of its costs across all facilities, city recreation director Byron McCorkell told council at yesterday’s meeting. He said with the new increase cost recovery through fees will likely be at 53.9 per cent by 2021.
Initially city administration suggested a four per cent rise every two years to keep up with inflation, but at a workshop in April council decided to create a buffer and raise it by five per cent.
“Given that we’re trying to project all the way to 2021 I think a little wiggle room is fine,” Mayor Peter Milobar said. “The projected cost recovery just means we don’t collect as much in property taxation either.”
McCorkell previously said the increase will hit organized sports the most, because their fees can be more than $200,000 a year.
Councillors Arjun Singh and Donovan Cavers were the only to council members to vote against the fee increase.
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