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  • Supervisors approve fee restructuring for Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

    Dec 04, 2018 | Read More News
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    The Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 4 meeting approved by a 5-0 vote adjusting the fee schedule for the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Department. 

    Fees haven’t been revised since 2009. These adjustments cover four areas:
    • Light fees;
    • Fees presently charged by administrative directive;
    • Recovery of convenience fees; and
    • Eliminating and consolidating other fees
    The light fee enables NRPR to pay third-party costs to electric providers by adding a light fee to all users’ base field charges. It adjusts the hourly rate for night-time use of lighted fields from $7.50 to $9 for non-profit youth leagues, for-profit youth leagues and adult leagues and general public. That light fee is added to everyone’s base field charges. 
    Arthur Pack softball field
    Non-profit youth leagues, which account for 90-95 percent of evening usage at NRPR fields, pay no base field charge. For-profit youth leagues pay $10 per hour, and adult leagues and the general public pay $15 per hour. Actual department costs for electricity averages $9 per hour, so the adjustment enables NRPR to keep pace with increasing costs.

    Since 2009, certain fees for use of NRPR facilities or to take part in its programs were set by county administration, generally when a new facility opened or a new program was launched. Approval at the Dec. 4 meeting gives those fees the Board of Supervisors’ stamp of approval.

    The convenience fee of $2.50 per transaction, plus 3 percent of the cost of the transaction applies to reservations made online for facilities and programs. For example, the fee to reserve a $25 ramada would be $3.25 ($2.50 plus 3 percent of $25). 

    NRPR moved to an online system, called Active Net, in 2015 and thus far has absorbed the fees the company charges. With the upcoming addition of the Gilbert Ray Campground to the online reservation system, processing fees may increase to as much as $50,000 per fiscal year for the department. 

    Customers will continue to have the option of making reservations by phone or in person free of charge. 

    Lastly, the fee restructuring enables NRPR to clean up and consolidate some fees. For example, the Shooting Range now differentiates between youth and adult fees and has added a non-profit rental category. 

    The new fee structure is expected to take effect sometime after Jan. 4, 2019.

    “We’re pleased that this new fee schedule allows us to recover some of the costs associated with operating parks, community centers, pools and other amenities in every part of the county,” Chris Cawein, NRPR director, said. “Our goal, as always, is to keep our facilities and programs accessible and affordable for everyone.”