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New fees planned for Aquatic Center

by: FILE PHOTO  - The Woodburn City Council approved plans to raise aquatic center fees at the start of 2014.The Woodburn City Council approved a new fee structure that will increase user fees at the Woodburn Aquatic Center starting Jan. 1. The last rate increase came in 2011, said Kristin Wierenga, program supervisor at the aquatic center.

At the council's Oct. 14 meeting, Wierenga announced the new fees, which will include the following:

·   A 25 cent increase to daily admission fees, from $4.50 per adult to $4.75;

·   A $3 increase in the family rate;

·  An increase of $4 to $5 to 20-visit punch cards;

·   Swimming lesson fees also are scheduled to increase;

·   The three-month membership pass-plus will be eliminated.

Individuals who cannot afford the new rates may be eligible for the city’s scholarship program, Wierenga said.

The fee increases were necessary as the city tries to lessen the amount it subsidizes the aquatic center, said Scott Derickson, city administrator. The aquatic center has increased its revenues through a mix of programming and user fees, which were last increased in February 2011, Derickson said.

The aquatic center has increased its share of revenues generated to offset costs from 27 percent in 2010-11 to 46 percent in 2012-13, according to the city. The city offsets costs of the aquatic center with general fund support.

“We are shooting for a 50 percent subsidy rate,” Derickson said. 



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