Lincoln City City Councilors and just about everyone Monday night who talked about user rates at the Community Center agreed that the rates are too low. In fact, way too low, especially for the variety of programs offered at the facility. In fact the seniors who testified before the council even encouraged the council to raise rates to that it’s less of a burden on the city budget. City Manager David Hawker said things like swimming pools, and indoor recreation centers never pay their own way but are, in fact, a major ingredient of a community’s quality of life. But he adds recreation centers should be priced high enough to reasonably maintain the facility but low enough to make it accessible to all income levels.
The council agreed with him and adopted a new fee schedule for the community center and swimming pool. Rate increases are nominal. For example Youth Swim under 18 general admission will rise from $1.75 to $2.00. Adult General Admission rises from $3.50 to $5.00, and for Adult Resident Discount it rises from $2.75 to $3.00. For Senior General Admission, it rises from $3.25 to $4.00 and for Senior Resident Discount it rises from $2.25 to $2.50.
The council said they the new rates will take effect March 1st. They said they’ll review the income at the community center possibly next September to see if a significant number stopped using it. They’ll also be examining the community center’s overall income to see if it trends upward, thereby lessening it’s strain on the city’s general fund.