The Lincoln City City Council continued to try to make up for lost ground on what is charged for admission to the city’s community center. It comes with a fitness center and a very large pool and lots of meeting and other exercise facilities. The council raised rates last march and Monday night they prepared to raise rates another ten percent this coming March.
Community Center Director Gail Kimberling said even with the fee increase earlier this year, the Lincoln City Community Center is still priced well below other public and private recreation facilities. City Manager David Hawker reminded the council that the community center must pay more of its own way so it’s not such a drag on the city’s general fund that goes for employees, streets, building maintenance, police and other vital services.
Kimberling said there was a good deal of complaining when rates rose last March, but the bottom line is that with enhanced revenues the community center is inching upward. Kimberling said she would like to raise rates ten percent next March and then see how that goes.
The council went for the additional 10% effective March 1st.