Lincoln City City Council eyes another rate increase for those using the Community Center Recreation facilities
Rates went up last March for folks using the Lincoln City Community Center. And it looks like they’ll be going up again next March, but only by half as much. Although city councilors admit that it’s never a good time to raise rates, the city’s community center went so many years without a rate increase that it’s prices were well under fitness centers in similar sized towns – towns whose facilities can’t hold a candle to what Lincoln City has. Even with another rate hike next March, Lincoln City’s Community Center will be among the lowest priced in the state.
And of course, with low cost admission costs, it means the city’s general fund has to subsidize the center – something that irks councilors who want to spend money on other, more pressing issues. So they settled for holding a public hearing in the near future to talk about raising rates again at the community center effective March 1st.
Last March’s rate increase ranged from 10-21 percent depending on the ticket packages that are purchased. The community center manager indicated that she could support another rate increase, but at perhaps half the rate of the one passed last March (something like 5-10%). The center director told the council that a lot of older citizens who used the center got mad at the new rate and stopped coming. However, she said most people realize what a good deal the center really is. They also know that the community center is heads and shoulders better than many private health and fitness clubs which charge a lot more. The director said revenues are up this year over last. So the rate increase is doing the trick, finding that “price point” the community will tolerate.
The new rates will likely take effect in early March and will likely rise 5 – 10% depending on the package.. A public hearing on it will be held between now and then.