Wool­wich eyes rec. rental fees

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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