Town of Drumheller in­creases user fees

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

Coun­cil ap­proved user fee in­creases for a num­ber of town-run fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Aquaplex and Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

There will be a 2 per cent in­crease to recre­ation ac­cess and fa­cil­ity rental fees, which in­cludes ad­mis­sion and mem­ber­ship fees, ice and ball di­a­mond rentals, as well as con­fer­ence and room rentals.

Un­der the in­crease, an adult multi-fa­cil­ity mem­ber­ship will in­crease from $646.50 per year to $660.50 – an in­crease of $1.08 per month.

“It is al­ways a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to raise fees, how­ever, 2 per cent is com­par­a­tive to in­fla­tion, which re­flects ex­pected in­creases in oper­a­tional costs,” said act­ing CAO Barb Miller.

“We aim to of­fer a va­ri­ety of fun sport­ing op­tions for the pub­lic and ser­vice fees are an un­for­tu­nate ne­ces­sity to main­tain our fa­cil­i­ties,” ex­plained Dar­ren Goldthorpe Man­ager of Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture. “We of­fer Toonie ac­tiv­i­ties, free pub­lic skat­ing and are go­ing to be re­vis­it­ing the Recre­ation Fee As­sis­tance Pro­gram to en­sure the fa­cil­i­ties are ac­ces­si­ble to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, re­gard­less of their fi­nan­cial abil­i­ties.”

The new fees came into ef­fect on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1.

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