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Penticton council approves new fee structure

Penticton council has passed first three readings of a bylaw to increase fees and charges for parks, recreation and culture facilities.

According to general manager Chuck Loewen, fees and charges were adjusted by three per cent to approximate the Consumer Price Index over 2011. The only exception to that was a five per cent increase to theatre rentals and adjusted theatre technician rates, which had been lower on average than others.

The bylaw features phased-in rates for areas like meeting rooms, activity spaces, the library, museum, auditorium, parks and sport fields.

“Three years ago, a study was conducted and the results showed that our rates were extremely low compared to similar facilities,” Loewen said. “An immediate rate adjustment in 2010 would have been too onerous, and therefore, a three-year phased-in approach was taken.”

Drop-in rates for fitness, public skating and swimming have seen between a zero to five per cent change in price, while membership rates give greater discounts for regular participation.

Loewen said 12-month memberships have been developed for the pool, fitness and a combination of the two “for the best overall value” to those who use the Penticton Community Centre.

Council unanimously passed the first three readings of the amended fees and charges bylaw. The new rates are scheduled to be effective April 1.

 

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