Council approves fee increase for various recreational activities

Minimum wage law to blame for higher costs
By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Editor
Peoria residents who take advantage of all the services offered at community facilities will have to pay more for those amenities in the future. A new fee schedule effective July 1 was approved by council at its June 19 meeting.
At that meeting, Community Services Director John Sefton told council 160 different fee categories were analyzed before the new schedule was proposed. Sefton said the Proposition 206 minimum wage law passed by Arizona voters in 2016 prompted the fee increases. The law means by 2020, the minimum wage in Arizona will be $12 per hour; $1.50 more per hour than it is now.
Sefton’s staff said the proposed fee increase package (less than 8 percent total increase) should cover all the current and future wage increases through January 2020.
An estimated annual revenue increase of $400,400 is projected for fiscal year 2018-19. Actual revenues in community services as of May 31 were $4,862,998. That total (with June 2018 revenues) would increase to more than $5 million annually if all fees are collected.
 
Aquatics: $338,288
AM/PM: $2,376,957
Little Learners: $430,741
Summer Recreation: $63,377
Summer Camp: $471,844
Sports — Adult: $342,990
Community Center: $38,219
Rio Vista Recreation Center: $800,581
Total: $4,862,998
 
To see the council summary, the new ordinance and the new fee schedule for all 160 categories, visit the Peoria Times website at peoriatimes.com, click on the PDF file titled “Community Service Department Fees Changes.”

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