Woolwich eyes rec. rental fees
Looking this week at both fee increases for recreation user groups and the subsidy it provides to youth sports, Woolwich council put off deliberations until later this month to allow the groups to provide input.
Staff is looking at a three per cent rate increase for 2018 after no changes were made this year. A report tabled at Monday night’s council meeting proposes a number of scenarios for the subsidy, from removing it to bumping it up slightly to 35 per cent from the current 33.5.
In a brief discussion, councillors seemed more inclined to maintain or increase the discount given to minor sports groups, with hockey organizations being the most likely to feel the impact of any changes – ice rentals are by far the largest stream of revenue for township recreation facilities. Woolwich Minor Hockey, for instance, will pay about $300,000 in rental fees this year, noted director of recreation and facilities Ann McArthur.
The issue is expected to be discussed more fully at the November 21 council meeting.