A two per cent rate increase for Swift Current's Receation and Parks facilities was approved by City Council during their Aug. 17 meeting.
Council made the rate adjustment to bring their fees more in line towards their mandate of having most city facilities recover 40 per cent of their operating costs. The rate structure also includes rental rates for the Stockade, Palliser Pavillion, Frontier Building and Grandstand and facilities acquired by the Swift Current Ag and Ex. earlier in the year.
“We did a little bit of adjustment to make the new Kinetic Park rates match some of our city facilities, for example the iPlex Auditorium and banquet rooms," explained Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dean Robson.
Rates were set out for the revenue generating facilites such as the Iplex,city pools, and the Rec. Centre, and non-revenue or minimal revenue generating facilities such as the ball diamonds, outdoor rinks, and athletic fields.
The 2009-2010 rate increases are less than last year’s increase which was at five per cent.
"Probably, since since 2001, and these numbers should be fairly accurate, the yearly average for our Aquatics has been basically seven per cent a year. The arenas are around five per,cent, and I think programming was about six per cent per year. It is all based on demand and inflation and everything else.”