In an effort to reduce Arroyo Grande’s subsidy of several city-operated recreation programs, fees will increase for adult softball and basketball leagues, playground programs and a preschool program.
The new fees are estimated to raise an additional $10,000, said Doug Perrin, director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the new fees, which will go into effect in June for the playground and pre-school programs, and in September for the adult sports programs. Councilman Ed Arnold was absent.
The increase will affect programs including:
• The Play and Learn Pre-school Program, in which 71 children now participate. Four classes are offered, including morning and afternoon sessions. Fees were last raised in June 2008; the fee will now increase by 7.5 percent, to $3.55 per hour for residents and $4.14 for non-residents from $3.30 per hour and $3.85 per hour, respectively.
• Seasonal playground programs for children ages 5 to 13 years old, which operate at the Elm Street Community Center. The fee will increase by 31 percent to $21 per day from about $16 per day. The programs typically operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Two adult softball sessions, which are offered in the spring and summer at the Soto Sports Complex. The fees, which have not increased since 2007, will be raised 5 percent to $510 per team from $485.
• Adult basketball leagues, including spring, summer and fall leagues with as many as 36 teams per season. The fees, which have not increased since 2007, will increase by 5 percent to $560 per team from $535.
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