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Fees At SD Parks And Recreation Centers To Be Increased

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Aired 7/21/10

The San Diego City Council has voted to raise fees at city parks and recreation centers for the second year in a row. The increases will raise $123,000 dollars for the city’s general fund. The city is facing a $72 million deficit.

The San Diego City Council has voted to raise fees at city parks and recreation centers for the second year in a row. The increases will raise $123,000 dollars for the city’s general fund. The city is facing a $72 million deficit.

Community member Jarvis Ross urged the council to reconsider.

“Some of the teenagers - if they’re able to maintain their activities in these parks, they stay out of trouble,” Ross said in public testimony, “So please, there are other places to find money.”

The council decided to keep swim classes and dance lessons free for children from low income families. A family of four with an annual income of $43,300 would qualify. Charging those children a fee would have raised an extra $60,000 in revenues, and Council President Ben Hueso said the council would try to find the money another way.

A one-time pass to a city pool won’t change. It remains $2 for children and $4 for adults.

Adult fitness teachers conducting classes on city park land will now have to get a permit of between $76 and $93 dollars a quarter.

Most of the fees increased only a dollar or two, and some fees, like the fee to use the Spreckles Organ Pavilion, actually went down.

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