In the last 29 months, the city of Galt has collected $26,720 in fees from city sport team participants.
The revenue has most recently been used to replace batting cage nets and concrete dugouts at Community Park and renovate the Sports Field Complex, according to an update provided by city staff at last week’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.
The player user fee is earmarked solely for athletic field maintenance and for replacing artificial turf at Walker Park. The revenue has been split evenly between the two uses.
Most cities have a use fee for organizations that use their facilities, according to Special Projects Administrator Armando Solis.
“The thought behind it was that during the budget cutbacks during the economic crisis, there were concerns about having to cut back on maintenance of these types of facilities,” he said. “Charging the groups that used these facilities a fee that would 100 percent go back into the maintenance of the fields they used just made sense.”
Galt began collecting the fee in September 2011 from all youth sports participants who used any city athletic field, according to Solis, but not before meeting each of the organizations whose participants would be paying it.
“There is always controversy when you start charging for services that had been free in the past,” he said, adding that they agreed on the $10 per player fee.
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